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4 midfielders West Ham could target to replace Fiorentina target Pedro Obiang
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4 midfielders West Ham could target to replace Fiorentina target Pedro Obiang

West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang has been strongly linked with an exit this month.

According to Sky Sports News, West Ham have rejected an £8.9m bid from Fiorentina as they do not want to lose Obiang without replacing him first.

Lille are also in the hunt for the 26-year-old, according to French outlet RMC Sport. But if Obiang wants to leave, West Ham may grant him his wish and try to find a replacement.

Here are four players that West Ham could feasibly target as Obiang’s replacement, going off past and present rumours.

Gary Medel

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Gary Medel has been pursued by West Ham this month, according to Sky Sports News. Currently at Besiktas, the Chile international would join fellow countryman Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham.

The 31-year-old can play in defensive midfield, at right-back or as a central defender and was previously relegated with Cardiff City.

Jonjo Shelvey

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Jonjo Shelvey is a name that often pops up when West Ham need a midfielder and sure enough, those rumours have resurfaced this month.

The Mirror reports that the 26-year-old is a target for West Ham but Newcastle United are not willing to sell him this January.

The sporadic England international was born in Romford, supported West Ham as a child and spent time on West Ham’s books as a schoolboy so a return could tempt him.

Marouane Fellaini

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West Ham seem to be perennially linked with Marouane Fellaini. Ahead of last summer, West Ham were among the clubs tipped to move for the Belgium international, according to The Mirror.

The Mirror reports that Manchester United will allow the 31-year-old to leave this month for £15m, which might be too steep for West Ham, depending on Obiang’s sale price.

Amadou Diawara

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Reliable Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has linked West Ham with a move for Napoli’s Amadou Diawara this month.

The 21-year-old is highly rated in Italy but it might take a hefty fee to prise him away. Pellegrini might consider the long-term benefits of this transfer and bring the Guinea international in as part of his project.