West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang looks set to leave the club in the January transfer window, according to various reports.
Sky in Italy (via Sky Sports News) reported over the weekend that Fiorentina were close to agreeing a deal to sign Obiang for £10m.
However, reports in France claim that West Ham have rejected Fiorentina’s offer as a Ligue 1 club enter the race.
Lille are reportedly interested in Obiang as a replacement for Thiago Mendes, according to French media outlet RMC Sport.
With clubs taking a keen interest in the 26-year-old, it looks increasingly likely that he will leave West Ham this month.
Pedro Obiang at West Ham
Obiang joined West Ham from Sampdoria in summer 2015 and has since played over 100 games for the club.
The central midfielder is not renowned for his goals but he has scored three times for the Hammers, including a memorable long-range strike against Tottenham Hotspur.
This season, the Equatorial Guinea international has made 17 appearances under Manuel Pellegrini.
But he wishes to return to Italy, with Fiorentina offering him a route back to Serie A. Alternatively, Lille are trying to tempt Obiang to France.
Who can replace Pedro Obiang?
West Ham will be reluctant to lose Obiang without having a replacement lined up. With Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini out injured, West Ham’s central midfield department will be light if Obiang departs.
The Irons have identified a few targets; Chilean Gary Medel is wanted by fellow countryman Pellegrini (as per Sky Sports), while Newcastle United’s Jonjo Shelvey (The Express) and Amadou Diawara (Italian journalist Nicolo Schira) have also been mentioned.