Report: Derby County target West Ham United winger Michail Antonio for January raid

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Derby County target Michail Antonio has played just 30 minutes of football for West Ham United since his summer move from Nottingham Forest.

According to the Mirror, Derby County are targeting West Ham United winger Michail Antonio for a January transfer move just months after he joined the club from Nottingham Forest in a £7 million deal. 

The report states the Rams tried to sign Antonio in the summer window, but were denied by Fawaz Al-Hasawi due to the fear of a fan backlash. 

It adds, Paul Clement is still keen on a deal to sign the explosive wide man and now could get it done as their local rivals don't have a say in the outcome. 

Antonio has played just 30 minutes of football since his move, which came as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Manchester City, however remains Forest's joint top goalscorer with two goals. 

Would Antonio be a good signing for Derby?

Although Clement has bolstered his squad in almost every position since becoming the Rams head coach, the wide positions still look a body or two light. 

Tom Ince, Andreas Weimann and Johnny Russell are the only senior names in the squad who can fill the two wide roles and Antonio would certainly look to offer stiff competition to all three should he join. 

Antonio's speed, strength and direct approach would be ideal in Clement's current system, as he likes the wide men to take the game by the scruff of the neck and get at the defence. However, he could need time to adjust to the Rams' possession-based passing game. 

Nevertheless, he certainly has qualities that Derby have been without so far this season and could prove to be an important addition, should Clement win promotion with Derby in his first season as head coach.

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