Report: Middlesbrough plot ambitious move for West Ham United star

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

Michail Antonio only joined the Hammers last summer.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio has emerged as a shock target for newly-promoted Middlesbrough, according to a report in Tuesday's Sun newspaper (page 48).

Antonio cost the Hammers £6 million from Nottingham Forest in August 2015 and struggled to break into Slaven Bilic's plans initially.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

However, the 26-year-old soon found his feet following a run of games and ended the campaign with an impressive nine goals from 32 appearances.

The report, by Sun reporter Charlie Wyett, states that West Ham would not be keen to offload Antonio, who was plucked from non-league Tooting & Mitcham by Reading in 2008, adding that Boro are unlikely to be able to offer more than £8 million.

Middlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes in action with Brighton's Connor Goldson

The Teessiders are returning to the Premier League after seven years away and spent around £15 million on ex Hammers winger Stewart Downing and former Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, combined, during the campaign.

Antonio, who also moved clubs in 2014, swapping Sheffield Wednesday for Forest, was discussed as a potential England call-up towards the back end of the season.

West Ham's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their first goal

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