Callum Wilson has admitted that he would welcome Michail Antonio to Newcastle if the West Ham forward moved to the North East.
Eddie Howe’s side are still looking for a new forward, with the club currently linked with Joao Pedro and Goncalo Ramos. However, there are no guarantees that either of those players will be moving to St James’ Park.
Dan Ashworth has two weeks to bring in more players, and will be well aware that another striker is a priority. Given Wilson’s injury record, we can’t rely on him for a full season. With some luck, he will avoid injury. But there is always a chance he will be struck down again.
Newcastle have been linked with strikers from all over the world. But one player who hasn’t been linked with joining Howe’s side is West Ham’s number nine Antonio.
Wilson on Antonio possibly joining Newcastle
On the latest episode of the Footballer’s Football Podcast, Wilson was asked if his co-host Antonio would be a good signing for Newcastle.
“I’m after a new boot boy if you want to come up,” Wilson joked.
“I would welcome him with open arms and happily watch him chase every single ball in the finishing drill when he puts it 10 yards down the lane.
“Nah, I would welcome you to the club. For sure.”
However, Antonio isn’t keen at all. He was asked if he would be interested in a move to St James’ Park.
“Not right now to be fair. Right now I’m happy at West Ham,” Antonio said.
Antonio doesn’t fit the profile
It’s a good answer from Antonio. He would be crazy to say on a podcast that he wants to join a rival team.
However, he would be a good short-term addition if a move was possible. Antonio has proven he can score goals in the Premier League, and has really improved since his £7million move from Nottingham Forest.
The 32-year-old has a great relationship with Wilson, and the pair could strike up quite the partnership in black and white.
However, a deal is never going to happen. One of the big issues is Antonio’s age.
Newcastle are looking for young players who can develop and improve in the North East. But Antonio is an experienced pro now. He might not have too many more years left in him at the top.
Of course, there is no speculation of Antonio coming to Newcastle. It was just the pair answering a question that was sent in to their podcast.
But if the Magpies did make a move for Antonio, it would completely go against their transfer strategy this summer. But at least Wilson would have someone to clean his boots…