By Will Butcher

David Gold believes Pedro Obiang has been “a fantastic signing” for West Ham as he continues to shine in Slaven Bilic’s side.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been a much more prominent fixture of Bilic’s starting eleven this season, despite recently being left out of the side against Swansea and Leicester.

Co-owner Gold revealed his delight on the Hammers’ official website, after the Spaniard starred in West Ham’s 2-0 loss to Manchester United.

“On a positive note it was great to see Pedro Obiang back in the team and he had another outstanding display against Manchester United in the last game,” Gold said.

“I have been a big fan of Pedro since the day he arrived at the club and he is proving to be a fantastic signing. He is a terrific athlete and I would now love to see him get on the scoresheet.”

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West Ham’s number 14 moved to east London in the summer of 2015 for a fee of around £5million, but struggled to have an impact on the side during his first season.

However, Obiang has proved much more effective this season as his lung-busting efforts have played a crucial part in the Hammers recent return to form.

Keeping seven clean sheets in his 20 league and cup appearances for the Hammers this season, Obiang has proved to be a crucial part in the middle of the pitch alongside the likes of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate and Manuel Lanzini.

The two-time Spain Under-21s international is now expected to feature against Manchester City on Friday night in the third round of the FA Cup, as the Hammers look to go on a cup run.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have been given this emphatic response in their pursuit of a Premier League defender.