West Ham want £6.9m for senior midfielder amid Serie A interest - report
By Harvey Byrne
Torino are interested in signing West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, according to a report.
Italian news outlet Tuttosport claims that Torino boss Sinisa Mihajilovic would like to reunite with the 24-year-old, who is valued at £6.9million by the London club.
Obiang has already starred under Mihajilovic when the pair were at Sampdoria together between 2013 and 2015.
It is believed that the former Milan boss is keen to reunite with the former Spain Under-21 international at his current club.
The midfielder made 30 appearances for the east London based side last term, but 14 of those were as a substitute.
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He was also left on the bench in the club’s season opener against Chelsea on Monday.
However, Obiang did make a start and a substitute appearance in the club’s Europa League qualification matches against NK Domzale this campaign, but players were still returning to the squad at that stage after the summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.
With the signing of Gladbach’s Norway international Havard Nordtveit, it is believed that Obiang could find himself even further down the pecking order at the Olympic Stadium.
As well as Nordtveit, West Ham’s number 14 is currently behind the likes of captain Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, and wonderkid Reece Oxford.
The Sampdoria academy graduate signed for the Italians during his youth career after starting out at Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid, and made 139 appearances in all competitions for the Blucerchiati.
Manager Slaven Bilic has been very busy this window, bringing in no less than eight new recruits as his side hope for a Europa League run as well as a successful Premier League campaign.
Most recently, the former Croatia manager has brought in Olympiakos left-back Arthur Masuaku, Swansea’s Andre Ayew and Argentina wonderkid Jonathan Calleri on-loan.
In other West Ham transfer news, Everton are closing in on the signing of Lyon winger and Hammers target Rachid Ghezzal.