According to reliable West Ham insider EXWHUEmployee, Pedro Obiang is likely to join Sassuolo in a deal worth around £10m. And West Ham have two targets in mind as they look to replace him, EXWHUEmployee revealed on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 17th July).
Obiang, 27, occupies one of the central midfield spots in West Ham’s squad. If he departs, as expected, West Ham will look at Gary Medel and Victor Wanyama to provide a replacement.
Gary Medel: Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan
Chile international Medel could join fellow countryman Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham. Medel has been a long-term target for West Ham to add steel and tenacity to the midfield ranks.
The 31-year-old was first linked back in January (Sky Sports) as he can provide cover in holding midfield, central defence and at right-back. He currently plays for Besiktas and seems keen on moving back to the Premier League – several years after his one-year stint at Cardiff City.
Unfortunately, there are a few problems with this deal. Firstly, Medel is not getting any younger so he is not a long-term investment. Also, he was recently sent off in the Copa America against Argentina for an altercation with Lionel Messi, showing his hot-tempered nature.
There are better options out there than Medel. But given West Ham’s shoestring transfer budget, after Sebastien Haller joined, this might be a more affordable option.
Victor Wanyama: Spurs to West Ham?
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Wanyama is another option. But this would involve Daniel Levy selling to rivals West Ham, which could make this tricky to pull off.
But if he joins, Wanyama would be an exciting addition. The Kenya international has his injury problems but if he stays fit, he is a top Premier League performer.
The 28-year-old is a very physical player and he would provide excellent protection for the back four alongside Declan Rice. Wanyama would be a major upgrade on Obiang but his injury problems and Levy’s negotiations present two hurdles to this deal.