West Ham media round-up: Player explains Tottenham decision, Gold has team news

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West Ham United will face Newcastle United at home in the Premier League tonight.

Michail Antonio revelation

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio has told The Sun that he could have joined Tottenham Hotspur when he was a teenager.

The 25-year-old moved to Premier League outfit West Ham from Championship side Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day.

The Englishman has played for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Reading and Southampton (on loan), but it could have turned out differently.

Antonio, who was one of the best players in the Championship last season, has revealed that he could have moved to Tottenham when he was 14 years of age.

“When I was 14 I had a trial for Tottenham,” Antonio told The Sun. “They were thinking of signing me but my mum said no. She said education comes first.

“You couldn’t imagine how I felt. I was crying and all sorts. But it was one of those things. I had to travel to north London every night and I would get home at midnight.

“I then had school the next day, so she said ‘No it’s not doable’. If it was a south London club, she might have agreed.”

Early team news

Antonio will be looking to make his debut for West Ham when the London outfit return to Premier League action this evening.

Slaven Bilic’s side will take on struggling Newcastle United at the Boleyn Ground and will be determined to pick up all three points.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold has suggested on social networking site Twitter how the team’s substitutes’ bench will look like.




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