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West Ham in advanced talks to sell midfielder

The overhaul of the squad at West Ham is set to continue with the news that three Italian clubs are vying to sign midfielder Pedro Obiang.

Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb report that the three clubs involved are Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Atlanta, with Sky Sports meanwhile, reporting that Obiang’s former club  Sampdoria are in pole position to sign the 26-year old for a fee believed to be around £8.9 million.

Obiang joined the Hammers in June 2015 from Sampdoria on a four-year deal, and has since gone on to make 87 appearances for the East London club, and scored three goals. However, he has not played for the club since January, having been ruled out for the rest of the 2017 -2018 season following knee surgery.

If Obiang does leave, he will be the latest change in the playing staff at West Ham under new manager Manuel Pellegrini which has since the departure of veterans such as Patrice Evra and James Collins, and the arrival of new faces including Jack Wilshere, centre-back Issa Diop, and record signing Felipe Anderson.

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