EXCLUSIVE

Pedro Obiang wants to quit West Ham this summer and end his four-year association at the club, Football Insider understands.

The Spanish midfielder has been in and out of Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season, starting 11 Premier League matches among 28 appearances in all competitions.

A source close to the player has told Football Insider that Obiang, 27, is eager for a new challenge with a return to Italy one possibility for him.

The former Spain Under-21 international has three years remaining on the contract he signed in 2017 and West Ham can still secure a significant fee for him in the forthcoming window.

Obiang has made 115 Hammers appearances since joining from Sampdoria in 2015 for a fee of around £5million.

He has had a mixed campaign under Pellegrini, with Declan Rice’s emergence as the team’s premier central midfielder pushing him down the pecking order.

The first choices in midfield this season alongside Rice have been skipper Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass, who has thrived in a new central role.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED the club are plotting a swoop to sign a Norwich City sensation.