West Ham United are reportedly on the verge of their second signing of the January transfer window.
West Ham have been linked with a move for the ‘Chilean pitbull’ Gary 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.
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).
New signing on the cards but legend isn’t impressed
Medel would be Pellegrini’s second signing of the January transfer window after the free transfer capture of Samir Nasri.
But legendary Hammers midfielder Ian Bishop has hit out at the prospect of signing Medel.
And Bishop even questioned who at West Ham is choosing the targets.
“Don’t really understand the interest, if true, of West Ham in Gary Medel???,” Bishop said on Twitter.
“Sometimes this game just baffles me.
“Who is making these decisions?”
Don’t really understand the interest, if true? of West Ham in Gary Medel??? Sometimes this game just baffles me ⚒ who is making these decisions?
— Ian Bishop (@BishBlueHammer) January 8, 2019
West Ham brought in director of football Mario Husillos in the summer and owners David Sullivan and David Gold vowed to step back from the recruitment side of the club.
Some West Ham fans may remember Medel from his time with Cardiff City in the Premier League.
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.
Fans agree with Bishop
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.
Bishop is not the only one with reservations over the potential transfer.
There was mixed reaction from fans too – read more.