Report: Stoke City could hijack West Ham's bid for Pedro Obiang

Stoke have reportedly joined the race to sign Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang.

According to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Stoke City have now joined the race to sign Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang.

The Potters have enjoyed a promising season under Mark Hughes, and are still pushing for a place in the top eight this term, as they sit ninth right now.

Hughes will be looking to strengthen his squad this summer in order to keep the club moving in the right direction, and it seems that he's keen on adding to his options in midfield.

Di Marzio reports that Hughes wants to snap up Sampdoria star Obiang, who has a growing reputation in Serie A after another fine season.

The former Atletico Madrid trainee has hit three goals and one assist for Sampdoria this season, featuring on a regular basis for the Italians.

It seems Stoke have been suitably impressed with Obiang's displays, with Di Marzio suggesting that Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes recently watched the Spaniard in action.

The news could be a blow for West Ham, given that Sport Italia journalist Alfredo Pedulla recently reported that the Hammers were close to agreeing a fee to sign the 23-year-old.

Stoke's interest could now spark a bidding war, with Obiang's athleticism in the middle of the park suiting the way both teams play.

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