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Wolves instil fear into West Ham by adding major goal threat to wish list as defender pursuit becomes double deal

Vladimir Coufal, Michail Antonio and Craig Dawson

As well as targeting a deal for Craig Dawson, Wolves are showing an interest in signing West Ham striker Michail Antonio, according to a report.

Both Wolves and West Ham are in relegation trouble this season. The former currently occupy a space in the bottom three, while David Moyes’ men are only out of it on goal difference. Therefore, January could be a crucial month for both sides.

The transfer window will give them an opportunity to adjust their squads as appropriate. For example, in recent hours, Wolves have revived their interest in signing Dawson from West Ham.

The former West Bromwich Albion defender was linked with a return to the Midlands over the summer. However, West Ham did not sanction his departure in the end.

Now, though, Wolves are back in the hunt for the 32-year-old, who has started eight Premier League matches this season. Various sources have confirmed their interest.

One was talkSPORT, which added that Wolves could be keen on another West Ham man too. Now, the radio station has revealed that the other member of Moyes’ squad wanted at Molineux is Antonio.

Wolves have scored fewer goals than any other club in the Premier League so far this season. They have already made one move to address the issue by bringing in Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid, but now are considering Antonio too.

Julen Lopetegui reportedly believes Antonio would be a worthwhile addition to his attack. As West Ham’s record Premier League goalscorer, he certainly has good pedigree.

Antonio has only scored twice in the Premier League this term for West Ham, who brought in another striker in the shape of Gianluca Scamacca over the summer.

Wolves may find Antonio harder to sign than Dawson

Therefore, it could be time for the 32-year-old – who is out of contract in 2024 – to assess his own future.

Whether West Ham would be willing to send a key player like Antonio to Wolves while directly competing with them for Premier League survival is questionable.

Giving up Dawson might not be such a significant loss, as useful as he is. Taking into account his own wishes from a personal standpoint seems fair. The only concern, just as it was in the summer, is whether West Ham would be left with enough depth in defence.

But giving away a goalscorer of Antonio’s reliability, despite his lack of efficiency this season, would be another matter. In his case, an exit might be too risky for West Ham to agree to.

Maybe the summer might be a better time for the clubs to speak about the striker. By then, each will know their Premier League status for the following season.

But Wolves need options now, so it seems they might be ready to try their luck.

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