West Ham United have announced the £4m signing of Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio.
Antonio, 25, is to pen a four-year deal, prior to a medical being completed before the transfer deadline this evening.
He has a wealth of Football League experience, having turned out for Reading and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as loan spells at Cheltenham, Southampton and Colchester.
It appears that East London will be his next destination.
The deal was announced today by Jack Sullivan, son of majority shareholder David, who tweeted: ‘Antonio is now a West Ham player ! 4 years with a 2 year option.’
Antonio had attracted the attentions of some clubs this summer, with West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City both having £4m bids turned down by the Championship club.
However, manager Dougie Freedman had appeared to be resigned to losing the player, having left him out of their game with Charlton a few weeks ago. Freedman claimed that Antonio was ‘not in the right frame of mind to play’.
by Steve Osborne