By Will Butcher
Italian giants Fiorentina have made an approach for West Ham’s Pedro Obiang, according to a report.
The defensive midfielder, 24, signed for the Hammers last summer from La Viola’s Serie A rivals Sampdoria, penning a four-year deal.
Italian transfer expert and Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that West Ham have been in talks with Fiorentina about an Obiang deal.
It is said that the Serie A club are ready to make a £4.3million bid for the Spain Under-21 international.
The midfielder made 35 appearances for the East London based side last term, but 15 of those were as a substitute.
With the signing of Gladbach’s Norway international Havard Nordtveit, 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 eight 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.
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