Should Nottingham Forest try to take Michail Antonio back on loan?

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The winger is struggling for game time at West Ham.

David Gold's Michail Antonio Twitter gaffe at first glance would appear an innocent mistake.

And it is - but is it something Nottingham Forest can possibly take advantage of?

Indeed, 25-year-old winger Antonio left Forest for West Ham United in a £7 million deal this summer, as reported by the Daily Mail, and has barely featured since. On Thursday morning, co-chairman Gold retweeted a picture suggesting Antonio is a missing man.

It's something the West Ham chief will quickly want to forget but Antonio won't be able to forget the fact he isn't getting any game time.

Certainly, the Hammers may well end up utilising the winger as the season progresses, maybe even sooner rather than later. But what if they don't?

Right now, even when West Ham lose, there are players performing so well in midfield and up front that Antonio simply can't find a space in the team.

Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, have struggled since the 25-year-old's departure. He remains their top scorer despite leaving on Deadline Day.

So why don't Forest try and sign Antonio on loan? If they can't get him now, why not January? If the wide man isn't playing by then, he'll be very frustrated indeed.

West Ham may not be receptive but what do the struggling Championship side have to lose? If Antonio wants to play football, surely his old club will be his prefered destination if he can't get it at Upton Park. And he's a good enough player for fans to forgive and forget his decision to leave - if he can come back and do his old side a favour...

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