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Report: Parma join race for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang and target loan deal
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Report: Parma join race for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang and target loan deal

Another Italian club have joined the chase for Pedro Obiang. According to Parma Today, West Ham midfielder Obiang is wanted by Parma on loan.

Parma are the latest Serie A side to join this pursuit. Bologna entered the race at the end of June (as per Calciomercato) while other teams consider the midfielder.

Last January, Obiang was wanted by Fiorentina in a £10m deal (Sky Sports News) and the Viola might reignite their interest. The 27-year-old is also wanted by Roma, as well as former club Sampdoria, according to EXWHUEmployee.

But now Parma plan to sign Obiang on loan. With three years left on his West Ham contract, Serie A clubs are struggling to afford this Obiang transfer. Parma’s proposal would be a loan deal with an option or obligation to buy next summer.

Pedro Obiang: Sell, keep or loan?

Pedro Obiang was a substitute for the second half of last season. (Photo by Leila Coker/ MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Obiang seems keen to move back to Italy this summer. But should West Ham allow Obiang to leave or keep him for next season?

The arrival of Pablo Fornals surely pushes Obiang down the pecking order. And if Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere stay fit, Obiang’s game time will be limited.

But West Ham should avoid the temptation to loan Obiang out. Instead, the Hammers need to try to receive a fee for the Equatorial Guinea international and then reinvest it in the playing squad.

Obiang either needs to be a squad player or replaced with a better option. Loaning him out makes little sense but selling him can generate funds for a new signing.