West Ham United cannot afford to lose key players; Obiang wanted in Italy

West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang is expected to be pursued by Serie A club Fiorentina this summer, reports La Nazione.

What’s the word?

The midfielder seems to have caught the eye of the Italian outfit after impressing for the Hammers this season.

Overall, it was not the best campaign for the club as they finished 11th in the Premier League, four places below last season’s achievement.

Obiang, though, put in solid displays in the middle of the park, eventually playing in 22 league matches and even contributed with one goal and an assist.

How important is Obiang?

He is not the type of player often raved about in the football columns, but his absence would be felt.

This week it was revealed that Obiang had the highest tackling success rate in Europe’s top five leagues.

After being forced into selling wantaway star Dimitri Payet in January after the midfielder refused to play for the club again, it is imperative for West Ham to make a statement by keeping their best places.

If Slaven Bilic wants to attract new members to the squad, he will weaken his chances if first-team players move on to other clubs.

With regards to Obiang, it is unclear whether he would be open to a transfer, but a return to Italy could be an attractive option for him.

The Spaniard spent seven years at Sampdoria after coming through the youth system in 2010.