By Harvey Byrne
West Ham have begun talks with midfielder Pedro Obiang with a number of clubs circling around him, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed on their website on Tuesday that the Hammers are in negotiations with the 25-year-old enforcer as they plan to fend off interest from each of Everton, Sevilla and AC Milan.
It is also detailed that a deal could be reached in the next fortnight as the east London club look to retain the services of last season’s star.
The Spaniard emerged as one of manager Slaven Bilic’s key players in the last campaign after a disappointing debut year and ended up playing 30 times in all competitions.
He is also still contracted to the club until 2019, but West Ham will want to avoid a situation which could the club forced into letting him go.
Bilic is currently looking to bolster his squad after a disappointing 11th placed finish and keeping hold of such players like Obiang will prove integral to helping the Hammers push on.
Football Insider verdict:
Obiang truly emerged as a surprise package for West Ham in the last campaign and proved that he has what it takes to become a success in the Premier League. It is last season’s performances which will have attracted the like of Everton and AC Milan and the Hammers must now make sure they retain his services. It is a bit lazy to bring up the Dimitri Payet situation, as there were other factors involved in his departure. However, West Ham must now avoid situations like this as they look to push on and holding onto Obiang is vital and shows that the club have ambition.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have received a seven-figure fee for 26-year-old.