West Ham, QPR and Palace want Obiang, but price is a problem

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Three London clubs are now reportedly competing for the signature of Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang, but his valuation may be prohibitive.

West Ham United seem to have been joined in their pursuit of Pedro Obiang by Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, but none of them may be able to meet the asking price.

The Spanish midfielder is very highly rated in Italy despite having produced a fairly disappointing 2013-14 campaign.

Over the last couple of weeks there have been links with West Ham and Tottenham, but Obiang's current employers seem reluctant to let him leave.

Genoa-based newspaper Il Secolo XIX reports that while West Ham, QPR and Crystal Palace have all asked about Obiang, he may be too expensive.

Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti is said to have put a price tag of around £5 million on Obiang and is believed to be ready to increase that in order to scare off bidders.

Serie A clubs AC Milan, Sassuolo and Napoli have all reportedly given up on trying to lure Obiang due to the demands from Sampdoria and it could be that the Premier League sides go the same way.

Obiang developed in the Atletico Madrid youth system and joined Sampdoria in 2008 where he has made just under 100 appearances.

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