West Ham have received a number of offers for midfielder Pedro Obiang, according to trusted insider EXWHUEmployee. However, one of the bids have matched West Ham’s valuation yet. And the Hammers are hoping to start a bidding war to squeeze as much money as possible out of this deal.
EXWHUEmployee has given an update on the Obiang situation after Sky in Italy reported that Sassuolo have made an £8.1m bid. This figure seems to be below West Ham’s asking price and the club hope that growing interest will push these bids up.
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As well as Sassuolo, several other Italian clubs have been linked with Obiang. Bologna (Calciomercato), Sampdoria and Roma (EXWHUEmployee) and Parma (Parma Today) are four other clubs who have been credited with an interest.
In January, Obiang was linked with an Italian return. The Equatorial Guinea midfielder, formerly of Sampdoria, was close to a £10m move to Fiorentina (Sky Sports News). It would be safe to assume that the Irons still want a fee in that price range.
West Ham would need a replacement
If Obiang leaves, West Ham need to find a replacement, whether that is from within the club or a new signing. Carlos Sanchez, Conor Coventry, Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen are the four current players vying to take Obiang’s spot in the first-team squad.
Alternatively, West Ham could sign a new defensive midfielder with any money left over after the Sebastien Haller deal. There are a number of players reportedly on West Ham’s wishlist this summer.
But West Ham cannot afford to lose Obiang without finding his replacement. One injury to Declan Rice could seriously derail the season if Manuel Pellegrini does not have adequate cover.