Report: Obinna's West Ham return imminent

West Ham United look set to bring back Nigerian marksman Victor Obinna, who is currently on loan at Serie A side Chievo.

Victor Obinna spent the 2010-11 season with West Ham and latest reports suggest the East London side will turn to the unsettled marksman again.

The 27-year-old's big professional break came at Serie A minnows Chievo where he played between 2005 and 2008 and scored 19 goals in 82 games, although his primary role was in providing assists.

Known for his acrobatic goal celebrations and his relentless energy, Obinna caught the attention of Inter who signed him but never really needed another striker.

Inter loaned Obinna out to Malaga and then to West Ham where he acquitted himself well, especially at the start of the season.

Obinna managed the unusual feat of providing four assists in a 4-0 League Cup win over Manchester City and scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 FA Cup fourth round win over Nottingham Forest.

But the Hammers didn't exercise the option to sign Obinna permanently in the summer of 2011 and he ended up signing for Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

The talented forward has spent the second half of the season at Chievo on loan and was greeted very warmly by fans at the Stadio Bentegodi.

But a longer term solution needs to be found and that could be where West Ham step in.

According to, West Ham are preparing to launch a bid to sign Obinna, who is seen as surplus to requirements in Moscow and a deal could happen very shortly.

It is likely that Obinna would welcome to chance to return to London and he seems to be looking for a way to leave Lokomotiv this summer.

West Ham often struggled with a lack of striking options last season and Obinna could be an affordable solution who is a known quantity.

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