By Danny Wright
Everton are leading the race to sign West Ham’s Pedro Obiang, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that the 25-year-old is being eyed up by Toffees boss Ronald Koeman to replace James McCarthy and offer back-up to the in-form Idrissa Gueye.
However it is understood that an offer of at least £15million would have to be made for the midfielder, who is also on the radar of AC Milan and Sevilla after an impressive season with the Hammers.
According to the Mirror, West Ham would like to reach a new agreement with Obiang, who joined them in 2015 from Serie A outfit Sampdoria for £4.3million on a four-year deal.
He has made 30 appearances across all competitions in Slaven Bilic’s side this season and scored his first goal in English football in the 3-1 win over Southampton in early February.
The former Spain Under-21 international missed the last nine league games of the campaign due to an ankle injury and his absence was clearly felt as the Irons won just three of them matches.
Obiang came runner-up in West Ham’s player of the season award after his solid performances in Bilic’s midfield.
Football Insider Verdict
Obiang has been really impressive at the London Stadium this season, even though a lot of the Hammers players haven’t quite lived up to the expectations that were set of them following last year. The former Atletico Madrid youngster would be an improvement on someone like McCarthy but his injury worries at the end of the season could be a cause for concern for Koeman, who has seen his side ravaged by setbacks recently. Everton need to make a lot of additions to their squad as they prepare for the Europa League. The competition is known to cause a knock-on effect in the league due to potential trips to places like Russia and Ukraine on Thursday nights, so adding strength in depth is a must – Obiang could do that.
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