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Manchester City deal may clear path for West Ham to offload Pedro Obiang and raise transfer funds
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Manchester City deal may clear path for West Ham to offload Pedro Obiang and raise transfer funds

Manchester City could be about to help boost West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini’s summer transfer kitty.

Recent reports claimed that co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will hand Pellegrini a base transfer budget of £30million (Claret & Hugh).

Player sales will be needed to generate any further funds.

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Pellegrini looking to boost transfer kitty

Pellegrini will be given all cash raised by departures.

Consequently the club are looking to sell as many as nine players (Sky Sports).

One of those is Pedro Obiang, who has been linked with a return to former club Sampdoria in the last two windows (Daily Mail).

West Ham would hope to raise at least £10 million from the sale of the classy but inconsistent midfielder.

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Hot and cold Obiang to be sacrificed?

Obiang has made 116 appearances for the Hammers over four seasons, scoring just three goals.

One of those will be remembered for a generation. His thunderbolt at Wembley against bitter rivals Tottenham last season was legendary.

The former Atletico Madrid youth player has struggled to hold down a starting spot during his time under first Slaven Bilic and then David Moyes and Pellegrini.

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Mega £87mil Man City deal can grease the wheels

It seems money will not be an issue for the Italian side thanks to Man City.

According to widespread reports in the likes of The Guardian, Pep Guardiola is close to signing Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes in an eye-watering £87million deal.

A big slice of that money will go to Fernandes’s former club Sampdoria.

As a result Pellegrini will be hoping Sampdoria will finalise a deal for Obiang.

That will see his warchest boosted as he bids to sign as many as six new players (Claret & Hugh).