Report: West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna wants Italy return

West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna shoots at goal

The West Ham United man wants to re-join an Italian club, according to reports from Italy.

West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna in action with Accrington Stanley's Billy Kee

Il Secolo XIX has reported that West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna wants a return to Italy this summer.

The Italian newspaper suggests that Serie A outfit Sampdoria will consider the 29-year-old centre-back as an option to potentially replace highly-rated Milan Skriniar, who has been linked with a switch to Inter Milan.

And Il Secolo XIX goes on to state that the Italy international - signed from Juventus in 2015 - wants a return to his homeland.

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna

If true then it will come as a blow to West Ham after his importance to the team was underlined in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.

Ogbonna missed half of last season with a knee injury sustained in January, and the Irons struggled in his absence.

He underwent knee surgery following an injury in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, and Slaven Bilic's side managed to win only one of their subsequent nine Premier League outings in a run of horrendous form which included six defeats.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic before the game

He should, in theory, be ready for the start of next season after starting West Ham's 2-1 win at Burnley on the final day of the campaign and Bilic should do everything in his power to ensure that his centre-back is still at the club.

Then again, his five-month layoff might have had adverse affects on his game.

Jose Fonte is a capable defender but the last five months of last season proved that he is not in Ogbonna's league. 

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conference

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