A new report linking Pedro Obiang with a return to Italy is the clearest indication yet that West Ham United will sign Gary Medel.
West Ham have been linked with a move for the ‘Chilean pitbull’ Medel in recent weeks.
Manuel Pellegrini is said to be ‘keen to get a deal for his compatriot tied up as soon as possible’.
But his club Besiktas have reportedly been playing hardball.
Pedro set for Italy return?
The clearest indication yet that the Hammers are confident of a deal comes in the form of speculation linking Obiang with a move to Roma (Football Italia).
The report, originally from Sky Sports Italia, claims West Ham United are prepared to let Obiang join Roma on loan with option to buy.
The 26-year-old spent most of his career in Italy with Sampdoria from 2008 to 2015, when sold to the Hammers for around £4.5million.
Obiang has been in and out of the side under Pellegrini.
West Ham would not let Obiang leave without replacement
Roma wanted him in the summer but West Ham were unwilling to let him go.
Now according to Sky Sport Italia transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, the situation has changed and a deal with this formula is possible in the January window.
As a result the deal for central midfielder Medel could well be imminent.
Some West Ham fans may remember Medel from his time with Cardiff City in the Premier League.
West Ham have faced Medel before
The Welsh side paid a club record £11m to Sevilla for Medel in 2013.
But the Bluebirds sold him to Inter Milan for £10m the following year after relegation to the Championship.
Medel is the wrong side of 30 but has vast experience.
He has won 114 caps for Chile and appeared at the 2014 World Cup after scoring the goal that assured qualification.
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