By Harvey Byrne
West Ham are planning to open talks with midfield enforcer Pedro Obiang regarding a new contract, according to a report.
Sky Sports have claimed that the Hammers will start negotiations with the 24-year-old about a new deal once the season reaches it’s end.
Obiang’s deal is currently set to expire in 2019, but the Spaniard’s success this campaign has seen the Sun claim that Liverpool have identified him as a potential solution to their defensive-midfield problems.
But, the Hammers are keen to keep hold of one of their key players as they aim to progress up the Premier League and it is said the east London team are looking to reward Obiang for his fine form.
The midfielder made the switch to West Ham in the summer of 2015 from Serie A side Sampdoria.
He featured in 35 matches in all competitions in his debut season, but many came from the bench.
Obiang has now seemingly been revitalised with 27 appearances to his name in all competitions so far this season.
He has started the club’s last seven league matches and he is expected to play a big role against Chelsea on Monday evening.
Football Insider verdict:
This is great news for West Ham fans, who will be keen to see the club tie up key players to new deals following Dimitri Payet’s departure in the window. Obiang has emerged as a pivotal part of Slaven Bilic’s midfield this season and he has been a huge part of why the Hammers have improved following a rocky start. At 24, the Spaniard will only continue to improve too with his best years ahead of him. The midfielder needed a year to settle in England and there is no question about his quality now. If he agrees the deal at West Ham then this will be another big statement of intent from the club.
In other West Ham news, here are three things to expect in the Hammers’ Monday evening clash against Chelsea.