According to reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee, Pedro Obiang is attracted interest from a number of clubs. In his column on The West Ham Way website, EXWHUEmployee confirmed that Roma and Sampdoria were two of the clubs after Obiang.
West Ham expect the midfielder to depart this summer. Obiang has interest from Italy and Spain and seems keen on leaving the club after dropping out of the starting line-up.
The Hammers need to sell some fringe players to generate some funds for signings. And Obiang’s sale will go towards the signing of top target Pablo Fornals, EXWHUEmployee has revealed.
Pedro Obiang at West Ham
Obiang joined Slaven Bilic’s West Ham in summer 2015. In four seasons, the 27-year-old has racked up a tally of 116 West Ham games.
This includes three goals and three assists. His most memorable moment in claret and blue was a long-range thunderbolt into the top corner against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Obiang has drifted in and out of the West Ham team over the past few years. At times, he has looked like a top player. But his form has dipped too often to hold down a regular spot.
Last season, Manuel Pellegrini used him in 29 games. But the Equatorial Guinea international was used as a substitute more often than not towards the end of the season.
He nearly left in January but West Ham could not find a replacement. Now, Obiang looks set for a summer departure with two Serie A clubs interested.
Where could Pedro Obiang end up?
Sampdoria could offer Obiang a route back to his former club. In a seven-year spell with Sampdoria, the Spain-born midfielder played 139 games, scoring four goals and providing 10 assists.
After finishing ninth, Sampdoria will be eager to push further up the league table. But Obiang might instead be tempted to join Roma, who finished sixth.
If he moves to the Italian capital, Obiang could get some European football under his belt. But he will have to weigh up several factors, including game time and contract terms.
Alternatively, Fiorentina could reignite their interest in Obiang. He nearly made a £10m move to Fiorentina in January (Sky Sports News). Despite a change in management, the Viola decided not to extend Edimilson Fernandes’ stay so Obiang could fill the central midfield void.