Report: Nottingham Forest to give Michail Antonio major pay rise

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Derby County and West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in Nottingham Forest’s Michail Antonio.

Nottingham Forest will not sell Michail Antonio this summer, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that Forest are ready to offer the winger a new contract in order to fend off interest in him.

The Sun claims that the RedsChampionship rivals Derby County are willing to pay as much as £6 million to sign the 25-year-old.

It has also been reported that Forest have seen off an inquiry from Premier League outfit West Bromwich Albion about Antonio.

According to the report, the Reds are planning to give the former Sheffield Wednesday star “a major rise and are checking with the Football League how far they can go under Financial Fair Play”.

Good move from Nottingham Forest?

Antonio is one of the best players in the Championship and a key member of the current Forest squad, and it makes perfect sense that the club are determined not to sell him this summer.

The former Reading winger scored 14 goals and created 62 chances in 46 Championship appearances last season.

The Englishman had a pass accuracy of 60% and a shot accuracy of 44%, and won 151 headers, 104 dribbles and 42 tackles.

Against Brighton & Hove Albion away from home in the Championship on Friday, Antonio created two chances and had a pass accuracy of 57%.

Selling Antonio to Derby is only going to enhance the Rams’ chances of getting promoted to the Championship, and Forest fans will not want that.

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