Crystal Palace are eyeing up a summer swoop for West Ham United winger Michail Antonio, according to The Guardian.
The Englishman has been dogged by injuries over the past season and made just 21 Premier League appearances in 2017-18 as the Hammers narrowly avoided relegation.
And now it seems that Palace, who themselves spent much of the campaign fighting the drop, want to get some early business done in the upcoming window.
Roy Hodgson’s men impressed in the final weeks of the term to pull clear of the bottom three and look to be a side with some potential for progression next time around.
As for West Ham, they are likely to place a high price on Antonio’s head; his contract runs until June 2021 and he is still a prized asset despite his noted fitness issues.
The pacey wide man signed for the Irons in the summer of 2015 from Nottingham Forest and made a huge impact in his debut season, scoring 13 times across all competitions to help his team to a seventh-placed finish in the top flight and an FA Cup quarter-final.
With speed and energy down the flanks, allied to somewhat surprising aerial prowess, Antonio kicked on again in 2016-17, netting nine league goals to win the club’s Hammer of the Year award.
The 28-year-old has also received a call up to the senior England side but is yet to win his first cap.
West Ham currently have no permanent manager in place following the departure of David Moyes and the Scot’s replacement will likely have the final say on Antonio’s future.
Former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has been heavily linked with the post and is the kind of high-profile name that the board seem to be targeting.