West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang is once again the subject of interest from Serie A.
According to Italian media outlet Calcio Mercato, Atalanta want to sign Obiang in the January transfer window.
Obiang was a wanted man in the summer window as well. Sampdoria, Obiang’s old club, were among the clubs interested in taking the central midfielder from West Ham.
But the Irons chose to keep him. And this has paid off so far with improved performances this season.
Obiang has recently been recalled to the starting line-up for the Hammers.
The Spaniard has been operating in a new role as part of a central midfield trio in Manuel Pellegrini’s 4-3-3 formation.
With added license to roam forward, the 26-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success and played a key role in West Ham’s revival.
Obiang even picked up an assist against Everton. Now, he will be looking to nail down that starting spot.
With Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez injured, Obiang is a key part of West Ham’s plans.
Atalanta finished 7th in Serie A last season, earning themselves a place in the Europa League.
But this season has been a let-down so far. The Italian side were knocked out of Europe at the play-off stage and have won just one game in seven in the league.
Gian Piero Gasperini has identified the midfield as a problem area with Obiang a key target to strengthen that department.
But the Irons are likely to resist any bids, unless they are sizeable. An injury crisis in central midfield has given Obiang a new lease of life at West Ham.
The former Sampdoria man looks set to stay as Pellegrini favours him now.