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Crystal Palace make move to sign West Ham’s Michail Antonio

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Crystal Palace make move to sign West Ham’s Michail Antonio” was written by David Hytner and Dominic Fifield, for The Guardian on Friday 18th May 2018 12.17 UTC

Crystal Palace have made a move for West Ham United’s Michail Antonio, as they look to build on their end-of-season momentum by completing early transfer business.

Antonio, 28, can play in wide midfield, up front or even at full-back – versatility that has impressed Roy Hodgson – and the Palace manager would most likely use him off the wing to cover the departure of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, whose season-long loan from Chelsea has expired.

Palace fear that West Ham could place too high a price for them on Antonio, although the east London club’s intentions are not yet clear as they prioritise the appointment of a successor to David Moyes as manager. Antonio has been called up by England but he is yet to win a cap.

Palace finished the season with five wins and two draws from eight matches to secure 11th place and Hodgson will be busy in the coming weeks. He will talk to Yohan Cabaye, Joel Ward and Bakary Sako about new contracts; the trio are set to become free agents in the summer.

Cabaye, who is wanted by Marseille, would prefer to remain in London but may have to accept a wage cut. Palace have explored midfield contingencies, such as Stoke City’s Joe Allen, and they also like Leander Dendoncker of Anderlecht.

Palace have an interest in the right-backs Almamy Touré and Ryan Fredericks of Monaco and Fulham respectively and will sign the Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita on a Bosman free transfer. They have offered fresh terms to their long-serving goalkeeper Julián Speroni.

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