The Chronicle reported this week that the Newcastle winger is a target for their Premier League rivals, with West Ham also interested in signing Jonjo Shelvey.
The 26-year-old, who joined on a permanent basis last summer, has scored two goals and set up two in 19 Premier League appearances this season.
It's shaping up to be a terrible transfer window for Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, regardless what happens with Atsu.
There are probably more players being linked with leaving Newcastle than there are arrivals, and some fans of the Tyneside club would be willing to negotiate with West Ham - if the price was right.
Sell he couldn't cross a bridge— brian tait (@britait) January 15, 2018
Yeah for £40 million. He's one of our best now! He's come so far whilst with us!— chetan chohan (@ChetanChohan7) January 15, 2018
id say £45m but on the condition its reinvested back into the squad in this window and not just lining Ashley's pockets— Joe (@Joe1989NUFC) January 15, 2018
Sell him he’s crap— justin v taylor (@taylormelanie4) January 15, 2018
Man if we can get a replacement in Rip there arm off— Mark Blades (@Mark_Blades) January 15, 2018
£20mil plus Antonio— Dayle (@DayleBarron) January 16, 2018
West Ham can do one.— ΛDIΣ (@MrPea13) January 15, 2018
Signing Atsu seems unlikely for West Ham who, after all, already have a very impressive Arthur Masuaku on the left-hand side of attack.
He's been among the success stories in East London since David Moyes has taken over, and bringing in Atsu suggests Moyes isn't completely happy with him, which can't be true.