Obraniak, 29, was born in France but represents Poland at international level through his grandfather, and has spent most of his career so far in France too. Beginning his career with Metz as a 16-year-old, Obraniak didn't leave the club until he was 22, joining Lille for €1.2m. Obraniak went on to make almost 200 appearances for Lille, scoring 23 goals, before being sold to Bordeaux in January 2012 as he attempted to find first team football ahead of Poland's home European Championships.
Now, with Euro 2016 qualifying underway, Obraniak is in a familiar position. Despite only leaving Bordeaux for Werder Bremen in January of this year, he's already out of favour and wants to leave in order to guarantee a place in the Poland side as they look to qualify for Euro 2016 in France.
The transfer window is obviously closed now so he will have to wait until January if he is to leave the Bundesliga club, but he revealed today that two Premier League sides had made contact with him before the window slammed shut on September 1st.
"Sunderland and West Ham United had been in touch, but we could not find an agreement over a transfer," he told BILD. "I don't think that it is a problem to admit I want to move away (from Werder Bremen). This is not a mistake. It's just the way I am, it's my character. I like to point things out.
“My ambition is to play in Euro 2016 for Poland, therefore I need to play regular matches. It's just reasonable to move clubs because of that."
Given Sunderland's drawn out approach for Inter Milan's Ricardo Alvarez, it's possible that Black Cats boss Gus Poyet saw Obraniak as an alternative in case they didn't land the Argentine international - which of course, they did. Meanwhile, West Ham were also caught up in a prolonged saga of the signing or Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille. Again, manager Sam Allardyce managed to push through a deal for the former West Brom winger, and Obraniak would have filled a similar role at Upton Park.
If he really was just a backup option for both clubs, then Obraniak could be waiting some time before he makes a move to the Premier League.
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