Report: Cagliari target Pedro Obiang for Italy return, just a year after joining West Ham

West Ham's Pedro Obiang

West Ham's Pedro Obiang is reportedly a target for Cagliari.

West Ham's Pedro ObiangWest Ham's Pedro Obiang

According to reports from Italian newspaper Tuttosport, as quoted by TV station Sport Mediaset, West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang is a target for Cagliari.

The Hammers have added one new midfielder to their ranks this summer by snapping up Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach - and that has added major competition for places in Slaven Bilic's engine room.

West Ham's Pedro Obiang in action with Norwich City's Gary O'Neil and Wes Hoolahan

Last season's mainstays Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble are favourites to retain their roles in Bilic's 4-2-3-1 system, with Nordtveit offering proven depth.

However, that means that Pedro Obiang's chances of breaking into the side have diminished even more, after a frustrating debut season for the Spaniard last term.

Obiang, 24, joined West Ham from Sampdoria last summer having impressed in Serie A, but he started just 11 Premier League games as selection and fitness played into his bit-part role at Upton Park.

West Ham's Pedro Obiang in action with Everton's Ross Barkley

The Spaniard now looks to be fourth choice under Bilic, and is even being linked with a move away from West Ham just 12 months after penning a four-year deal with the club.

Italian newspaper Tuttosport, as quoted by TV station Sport Mediaset, report that Obiang is a target for Serie A side Cagliari, as they look to offer the midfielder a swift return to Italian football.

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang

It's claimed that, with Luca Cigarini set to sign for Sampdoria rather than Cagliari, Massimo Rastelli's side have been looking for other midfield targets, and whilst they've looked at Leicester City's Gokhan Inler, Obiang has now come up on their radar.

Whether West Ham would be willing to sell Obiang just a year after signing him remains to be seen, but the player may not be too keen on being fourth choice to start the new Premier League season, and the lure of first-team football could be a factor for Obiang as Cagliari look to sign him.

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