Yet another Italian club want to sign West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Sassuolo have now joined the multi-club race for Obiang.

The 27-year-old has been strongly linked with a West Ham exit this summer. And the ex-Sampdoria midfielder is likely to return to Italy, where he played before his 2015 move to London.

Sassuolo finished 11th in the Italian top-flight last season and want to push on. They have identified Obiang as an ideal signing but they face widespread competition for his signature.

Who wants Pedro Obiang?

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By our calculations, there are now six teams in the hunt for Obiang. Sassuolo joined the race to become the sixth Serie A outfit pursuing Obiang this summer.

Fiorentina nearly signed Obiang for £10m in January (Sky Sports News) but West Ham could not find an adequate replacement. This report by Gianluca Di Marzio confirms Fiorentina are still interested.

According to trusted insider EXWHUEmployee, Sampdoria want to bring him back and face competition from Roma (The West Ham Way).

 

And last week, two more teams joined the chase. Bologna are keen on Obiang (Calciomercato) while Parma have explored the possibility of a loan with an option to buy (Parma Today).

Time for West Ham to move on?

It could be time for West Ham to part ways with Obiang. The Equatorial Guinea international is clearly keen on a return to Italy with game time limited at West Ham.

After signing Pablo Fornals, Obiang’s playing time cannot be guaranteed. Manuel Lanzini is also back fit and West Ham fans will be hoping Jack Wilshere can steer clear of injury next season.

West Ham have enjoyed four years of Obiang and he has produced some good performances. His long-range stunner against Tottenham will live long in the memory of West Ham fans.

But there are better options out there for Manuel Pellegrini. Moving forward, it makes sense to cash in on Obiang and bring in a younger replacement (or give a go to Josh Cullen, Conor Coventry or Reece Oxford).

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