In Focus: Pedro Obiang likely to stay at West Ham despite Everton interest

According to reports in the Daily Mirror, West Ham United have opened discussions with £15m-rated midfielder Pedro Obiang over a new contract with Everton, AC Milan and Sevilla all registering an interest in the Spaniard.

What’s the word, then?

Well, while the 25-year-old struggled to become a regular fixture in the Irons’ starting line-up in his first season in England following a £4.3m move from Sampdoria in 2015, he became a key player for Slaven Bilic’s men last term.

The midfielder’s impressive displays in the middle of the park certainly would have impressed any watching scouts, and he showed just how highly he is rated by finishing as the runner-up in the club’s Hammer of the Year award at the end of the campaign.

With his current deal due to run out in two years’ time, it is no wonder that the story in the Daily Mirror says that the east London outfit are keen to extend his stay at the London Stadium.

How good was Obiang last season?

He was excellent.

Even though he missed the final nine Premier League games of the season because of a knee injury, the 25-year-old still made 22 top flight appearances.

Obiang showed his defensive capabilities by making 34 clearances and 32 interceptions in those outings, while he also showed that he is good on the ball with a passing accuracy of 82%.

It is his ability to take players on in the middle of the park that is perhaps the most impressive though, with the midfielder successfully completing 21 of the 24 take-ons he attempted.

Will he sign a new deal?

Having established himself as a key player prior to his injury and with the Irons having brought him to England in the first place, it seems likely that Obiang will commit his future to West Ham rather than joining one of the interested clubs.

While Everton may be able to offer European football next season, the fact that they already have the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye in midfield would suggest that the 25-year-old wouldn’t be a regular in the starting XI at Goodison Park.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Obiang certainly doesn’t seem to be the type of player that would throw his toys out of the pram and after an impressive season, all the signs point to him signing a new deal with the Hammers.