Report: West Ham finally close to agreeing fee for midfielder Pedro Obiang

Sampdoria fans at Marassi Stadium

West Ham are reportedly edging closer to signing Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang.

According to Sport Italia journalist Alfredo Pedulla, West Ham are closing in on a deal to sign Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang this summer.

Obiang, 23, started his career with Atletico Madrid, but didn't make the grade in his native Spain, eventually moving to Italy with Sampdoria in 2008.

Since moving to Serie A, Obiang has gradually established himself as one of the top emerging midfielders in Italian football, becoming a regular at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

An athletic, box-to-box midfielder with strength and work rate, Obiang has long been linked with a move to West Ham, with Sport Italia suggesting that West Ham wanted to sign him as far back as November 2014.

Now though, Sport Italia journalist Pedulla believes that the Hammers are finally closing in on a deal to bring Obiang to the Premier League.

He suggests that West Ham have offered €6.5m plus add-ons for Obiang, whilst Sampdoria are looking for a fee of €10m - but could deal at €8m in the coming weeks.

The report suggests that West Ham expect a deal to be struck ahead of the summer transfer window, and if that is the case, he could well become Alex Song's replacement.

Song is only on loan at West Ham, and is scheduled to return to parent club Barcelona this summer, and with no permanent stay at Upton Park in the offing, the similarly athletic and versatile Obiang could take his place in the West Ham midfield.

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