Denied Tottenham move already, should Spurs keep an eye on West Ham's Michail Antonio after new deal comments?

General View of White Hart Lane

The West Ham United winger might have been a Tottenham Hotspur player already.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried ZahaLong-term Tottenham target Wilfried Zaha

The London Evening Standard last week reported Tottenham Hotspur are continuing to monitor Wilfried Zaha and Demarai Gray in their ongoing pursuit of young, English-born attacking talent.

But with Michail Antonio suspiciously guarded when asked by Sky Sports about a new West Ham United contract, should Spurs consider him as well?

Although somewhat older than the pair at 27, Antonio is arguably the best of the bunch at present, scoring eight goals and creating another five despite spending part of the campaign at right full-back.

And though pace and power are undoubtedly Antonio's standout attributes, it is said awareness of his defensive responsibilities which is likely to set him apart from Zaha and Gray in the eyes of Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

There's little doubt a move to Spurs would appeal to the former Tooting & Mitcham winger - who cried when informed by his mum that he was not allowed to sign for the club at the age of 14 (Daily Mail) - especially if they make it two years in a row in the Champions League.

However, that's not to say Antonio wants out of West Ham, the club to whom he owes his career in the Premier League.

His latest comments are certainly intriguing, though, and as Dimitri Payet has shown, even the most beloved of Hammers players can force a move away from the London Stadium - albeit at the cost of their reputations.

Nevertheless, Tottenham is certainly not Marseille and West Ham would be reluctant sellers, especially with three years left on Antonio's contract after this one.

It's not impossible, mind, and Spurs would be unwise not to investigate further.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejectedWest Ham's Michail Antonio

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