Report: West Ham pull plug on Pedro Obiang move at last minute

Pedro Obiang of West Ham United strikes the ball and scores during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on January 4, 2018 in London,...

Obiang was reportedly set to join Italian side Fiorentina from West Ham.

West Ham United's Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at...

Italian outlet CalcioMercato have reported that West Ham United have pulled the plug on Pedro Obiang's move to Serie A side Fiorentina at the last minute.

It is believed the 26-year-old was closing in on a move to Fiorentina after agreeing a contract with the Italian side, while West Ham had settled on a fee worth £9million plus bonuses.

 

Obiang has been in and out of the West Ham side under Manuel Pellegrini, but has been used more from the bench and as cover rather than a starter. The likes of Mark Noble and Declan Rice have kept Obiang out of the side.

The report claims Obiang has been looking to leave West Ham for quite some time, but has been waiting for the right opportunity. A move to La Viola seemed to have struck a chord with Obiang.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea is challenged by Pedro Obiang of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at London Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London,...

But a move has been cancelled at the last minute, though Fiorentina are working hard to resurrect a move that would se the tough-tackling midfielder return to Italy four years after joining West Ham from Sampdoria.

Obiang has a contract at West Ham until the summer of 2022, but a move away from the London Stadium is still on the cards, with French side Lille willing to offer the same as Fiorentina had done before.

Pedro Obiang of West Ham United signs a contract extension until 2022 on July 6, 2017 in London, England.

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