By Harvey Byrne
AC Milan have made a move to sign West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, according to a report.
Italian news outlet Tuttosport claims that the Serie A giants are keen on the 24-year-old as an alternative to former Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, who is also under a bid from Bundesliga side Schalke.
It is said that West Ham have informed Milan they will only allow Obiang to leave permanently and they want a £5.1million straight cash deal.
The former Spain Under-21 international has also attracted interest from Torino and Fiorentina.
The Spaniard only joined the Hammers last summer and made 30 appearances for the club last campaign, but 14 of the appearances came off of the bench.
The combative midfielder was also brought on as a substitute in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in the 89th minute.
However, he has started both times in West Ham’s two European away trips of the new campaign against NK Domzale and Astra Giurgiu, as Bilic looks to rotate his squad between the Premier League and the European competition.
With the signing of Gladbach’s Norway international Havard Nordtveit, it is believed that Obiang could find himself even further down the pecking order at the Olympic Stadium.
As well as Nordtveit, West Ham’s number 14 is currently behind the likes of captain Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, and wonderkid Reece Oxford.
The Sampdoria academy graduate signed for the Italians during his youth career after starting out at Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid, and made 139 appearances in all competitions for the Blucerchiati.
Manager Slaven Bilic has been very busy this window, bringing in no less than nine new recruits as his side hope for a Europa League run as well as a successful Premier League campaign.
Most recently, the former Croatia manager has brought in Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku, Swansea’s Andre Ayew and Argentina wonderkid Jonathan Calleri on-loan.
In other West Ham transfer news, Napoli held talks on Tuesday with Hammers striker target Simone Zaza.