Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi says Michail Antonio would not leave for £15m if embargo was not in place

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The chairman has confirmed that the transfer embargo is the only reason the winger will be heading to West Ham.

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi has been speaking to BBC Nottingham Sport about transfer deadline day today and in particular the future of Michail Antonio.

The winger, one of the club’s talisman, looks set to be on his way out of the club after reports of a £7 million bid for the player from West Ham being accepted yesterday.

The move will no doubt upset Forest fans, but the Forest chairman has today explained that if Forest were not under a transfer embargo, they would not even sell Antonio for £15 million.

He told the BBC:

“Because we are under embargo situation. But if he is my player and we don’t have embargo situation I would not sell Michail Antonio, not even for £15 million.

“But the situation is like this, you know?

“Everything can happen, maybe [Antonio leaves].

“To be honest I would like to keep him, to be honest. I don’t want him to go.

“But it is his dream to play in the Premier League.”

Antonio’s exit is certainly looking on the cards and Forest fans will be upset to see him go but Al-Hasawi appears to be being sincere when he says they would not sell the player unless they felt the price-tag was sufficient enough to end their current transfer embargo problems.

With his sale the club, who have brought in Ryan Mendes from Lille as a replacement, would look set to be exiting the transfer embargo that has plagued them all summer and can begin to function like a normal club once again.

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