By Tom Blackburn
West Ham will demand £5million to part company with midfielder Pedro Obiang, according to a report.
Italian transfer outlet Tutto Mercato Web claim Fiorentina are interested in the deal for the player who cost West Ham £6million to sign from Sampdoria last summer.
Italian news outlet Tuttosport claimed on Tuesday that former Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajilovic would like a reunion with the 24-year-old at Torino.
Obiang starred under Mihajilovic when the pair were at Sampdoria together between 2013 and 2015.
The midfielder made 30 appearances for the east London based side last term, but 14 of those were as a substitute.
He was left on the bench in the club’s season opener against Chelsea on Monday, but played a full 90 minutes in their 1-1 Europa League qualifying draw with Astra on Thursday.
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 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.
In other West Ham transfer news, their academy graduate agrees terms with a Premier League club.