Michail Antonio reportedly was just one step away from leaving West Ham this January.

It is fair to say that West Ham had an extremely disappointing transfer window. Not one permanent signing and a number of outgoing left fans bewildered at what the strategy was.

Surprisingly though, things could have been even worse for the Hammers. While fringe players were always going to be sold, like Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma, it was the lack of incomings that really frustrated supporters. However, according to Gremio TimeLine, Michail Antonio nearly transferred to Brazil.

Apparently, the only reason that the Jamaican did not join Gremio is that he failed his medical. He has been out injured for a number of months now, although he has finally returned to full training. 

While the No.9 has been, to put it bluntly, woeful this season he is still a vital player to David Moyes. Selling him would have left no recognised first-team striker in the squad. If the report is true, it would have been a baffling decision to let him leave – assuming no one else would have been signed.

A fully fit Antonio is still deadly and, hopefully, that is what we will see once he returns but, even so, his age is clearly starting to get the better of him. With our injuries and departures though, we are going to need every single player if we are to continue our push for European football and compete in the Europa League – Antonio could be exactly the boost we need.

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