Why Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio would be a definite upgrade for West Ham

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Nottingham Forest's Michail Antonio has been linked with West Ham.

According to BBC SportNottingham Forest are set to turn down a bid from Premier League side West Ham for winger Michail Antonio.

Reports suggest that the Premier League club offered about £4 million for the 25-year-old's services, plus Matt Jarvis, who would move to the City Ground on a season-long loan.

The Hammers believe that the addition of Jarvis, a player the club pursued previously in the past, could prove to be decisive if the Premier League club are prepared to up their valuation of the Forest winger.

 Stats per App GoalsTotal ShotsAssistsKey PassesPass Accuracy (%)Successful DribblesFouls WonTackles WonAppsMins Played
Michail Antonio 0.3 3.43 0.26 1.37 60 2.26 2.2 0.91 46 3,939
Matthew Jarvis 0 0.45 0 0.91 79 0.64 0.45 0.45 11 413

Antonio would provide some much needed quality out wide for the Hammers

His link-up play remains dubious - having completed just 60% of his attempted passes and 1.37 key passes per appearance - but he remains a dangerous threat in front of goal. 

For a West Ham side lacking a balance between attack and defence in their opening three Premier League fixtures, the Englishman would offer a direct, forward-thinking threat, capable of operating down the flank. 

He averaged 3.43 attempts per match last term, while scoring a goal every three matches, finishing the season with 14 successful strikes to his name. Meanwhile, he completed over two dribbles on average. 

A move for Antonio - should Forest accept a more substantial bid - would represent an impressive coup for the Hammers. 

It is clear to see why the Championship outfit are holding out for a higher offer from the Hammers for one of the division's most accomplished forward-thinking players, especially amid the restrictions of their current transfer embargo. 

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