Obiang close to Serie A switch

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 22nd July 2019

Pedro Obiang is expected to complete a move to Serie A side Sassuolo with the next 24 hours.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who has spent the last four seasons at West Ham is closing in on a return to Italy after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of ?8million.

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West Ham signed the former Spanish Under 21 for a bargain ?4.3million in the summer of 2015, since when he has made 116 appearances for the club under three managers - Slaven Bilic, David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini.

Bilic's first signing as manager in 2015, Obiang has scored just three times since arriving in London but his 'bolt out of the blue' against Tottenham at Wembley in January 2018 was named as KUMB's Goal of the Season last year.

He was also named as the club's Most Improved Player of 2016/17 and came third in the Player of the Year poll in the same season.

Should Obiang complete his move to Sassuolo as expected, Manuel Pellegrini will return to the transfer market in order to secure a replacement; Bologna's Erick Pulgar and Sporting CP's Joao Palhinha have both been linked with a move to West Ham in recent days.

In other transfer news, unwanted striker Jordan Hugill is on the radar of several Football League clubs although none are yet to make a concrete bid.

Wigan Athletic, who finished last season 18th in the Championship were one of those interested parties but failed to agree terms with the player, whose Premier League salary is proving problematic for interested parties.

West Ham paid David Moyes' former club Preston North End ?9million for the former barman in January 2018, since when he has failed to make a single first team start under either Moyes or successor Manuel Pellegrini.

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