ALBION IN PS5m BID FOR MICHAIL.
Byline: Bill Howell Our man with Albion
ALBION have made their move for Nottingham Forest winger Michail Antonio by lodging a PS5 million bid.
Forest's player of the year has been a longstanding target of Tony Pulis, who made an enquiry in January but was rebuffed over the asking price.
The 25-year-old played every game for Forest last season and is viewed as far more value for money than Matt Phillips with QPR refusing to budge from their PS10 million valuation. Forest chairman Fawaz al-Hasawi may well turn the opening offer down but at least the two clubs should enter into a period of dialogue which QPR - fresh from their Raheem Sterling cash bonus - weren't keen to enter into.
Boss Dougie Freedman has played down the need for Forest to sell their star asset but money talks and Antonio - who was at Sheffield Wednesday just 12 months ago - is unlikely to shy away from the chance to play in the Premier League. Albion still remain keen to bring in a striker or two and are steadfast in a TURN. TOPAGE60
Nottingham nForest winger Michail Antonio is a longstanding target of Tony Pulis - now the Albion boss has made his move