Yet another Italian club have entered the race for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang. According to Calciomercato, Bologna want Obiang this summer.
Bologna, who finished 10th last season, want a new central midfielder. Sassuolo’s Alfred Duncan is an option but Obiang is an alternative for Bologna.
But they are not alone in their admiration of Obiang. The West Ham midfielder, who is likely to leave this summer, is being hunted by a host of Italian clubs.
The chase for Pedro Obiang
Bologna are just the latest club in the hunt for Obiang. The Guardian reports that the ex-Sampdoria midfielder is desperate to seal a return to Italy this summer.
Last January, Obiang nearly left West Ham. However, his reported £10m move to Fiorentina (Sky Sports News) fell through as West Ham couldn’t find a replacement in the winter window.
According to reliable insider EXWHUEmployee, Roma and Obiang’s former club Sampdoria have since entered the race. It seems that Bologna face a battle for the 27-year-old.
Pedro Obiang out, new midfielder in?
Obiang has been with West Ham since 2015. Since then, he has racked up over 100 appearances and produced some impressive performances, mixed with some average displays.
But selling the Equatorial Guinea international seems like the most sensible solution. Firstly, he wants to leave and he should be granted his wish.
More importantly, though, is that any sale would add to West Ham’s warchest. Selling Obiang would give West Ham some much-needed funds to bring in a replacement.
Joan Jordan has since moved to Sevilla instead of West Ham. But reported target Isaac Hayden (London Evening Standard) could be an option that West Ham revisit.