West Ham man Angelo Ogbonna on way to Italy, reason unclear

Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal shoots while under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium...

Ogbonna has been linked with a move away from West Ham this month.

 

Angelo Ogbonna  of West Ham United applauds during the FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Birmingham City at The London Stadium on January 5, 2019 in London, United...

Angelo Ogbonna may have just hinted that he is about to leave West Ham United and return to Italy by posting a picture on his Instagram story, though the real reason remains unclear.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a return to his home country in this transfer window, with the Daily Mirror claiming (page 68, December 22) that Bologna had tabled an offer worth £9million for Ogbonna.

Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United wins a header during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and West Ham United at Turf Moor on December 30, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

Ogbonna has also been linked with Spanish side Valencia, as he continues to be used as cover at centre-back by Manuel Pellegrini. Indeed, the Chilean has preferred Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop for the majority of the campaign.

Now, Italy international Ogbonna may have fuelled those rumours after the ex-Juventus defender posted a picture on Instagram from a plane with the caption "Italy, we come".

Ogbonna Instagram Story

Ogbonna has started the last four Premier League matches for West Ham, after Balbuena suffered a knee injury during the 2-0 loss to Watford. The summer signing has undergone surgery, and is expected to be out until March.

Losing Ogbonna at this stage would be an enormous blow for Pellegrini, but his Instagram story could suggest that the Hammers may be about to lose the defender. It remains to be seen why Ogbonna is travelling to Italy.

Solomon March of Brighton and Hove Albion battles for possession with Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion...

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