By Sam Stone

11th Jan, 2023 | 5:40pm

Laura Woods stunned by Michail Antonio news at West Ham United, Gabby Agbonlahor makes Wolves claim

TalkSPORT host Laura Woods cannot imagine Michail Antonio leaving West Ham United in the January transfer window as Wolves reportedly show interest in the 32-year-old.

TalkSPORT reported (10 January) that Julen Lopetegui is a big fan of the striker who has 18 months left on his current deal at the London Stadium.

However, Gabby Agbonlahor feels Antonio may want to move due to his lack of game time in the 2022/23 season, something Woods disagreed with.

“I can’t even imagine it. I can’t imagine Michail Antonio leaving West Ham United and I can’t see him joining Wolves,” said Woods (talkSPORT Breakfast, 54s, 11 January).

Agbonlahor responded: “The only reason I can see it is that he’s gone from the main man at West Ham to rarely starting. So now he might think to himself I am going to be the main man at Wolves, so why not [move].”

Madness

Considering West Ham’s current league position and where Wolves are in the table, it would be absolute madness to allow the Jamaican striker to depart the London Stadium. If the Hammers were in a loftier position then the situation could be different, but there’s no way the club should be looking to sell to a direct relegation rival.

If Antonio is looking to move elsewhere, a summer departure seems far more suitable for the club, with there still plenty of time for the 32-year-old to make an impact in the second half of the season. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the striker leave in the near future, with Gianluca Scamacca clearly West Ham’s long-term striking option.

The Jamaican forward has been a wonderful servant for the Irons over a number of years but he’s sadly not quite hit the goalscoring heights of previous seasons.

If a reasonable bid came in for Antonio at the end of the season, the Irons should not be looking to stand in his way. He’s more than earnt the right to be playing first-team football at this point in his career and if that means moving elsewhere then so be it.