By Wayne Veysey
West Ham have granted permission to Pedro Obiang to quit their pre-season tour of China and finalise a transfer to Sassuolo, Football Insider understands.
The midfielder, 27, is set to jet out to the Italian club in the next 24 hours and undergo a medical before putting pen to paper on a contract.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club have accepted a bid of £7million plus add-ons from Sassuolo for Obiang.
This comes after Football Insider revealed in May that Obiang wanted to quit West Ham and return to Italy this summer, four years after signing from Sampdoria.
The Spanish midfielder was a key member of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad last season, starting 12 Premier League matches among 29 appearances in all competitions.
He has made 116 Hammers appearances in total during his four years at the club since signing for a fee of around £5million.
But West Ham have decided to cash in on the former Spain Under-21 international as he has three years remaining on the contract he signed in 2017 and they have agreed a profit on his fee.
Declan Rice’s emergence as the team’s premier central midfielder pushed Obiang down the pecking order last season while Robert Snodgrass also thrived in a new central role.
With Mark Noble still a key player and Jack Wilshere showing encouraging signs in pre-season, Pellegrini feels confident in allowing Obiang to leave in the final weeks of the window.
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