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West Ham must keep hold of Obiang amongst Serie A rumours

West Ham must keep hold of Obiang amongst Serie A rumours

According to Italian website Calcio Mercato, Serie A side Atalanta are interested in signing West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang. 

The Italian outfit are struggling this season, having only won one of their opening seven matches, and believe that the former Spain under-21 international could improve their fortunes this season.

However, The Hammers’ manager Manuel Pellegrini should do everything in his power to prevent this transfer happening, be it in January or the summer.

West Ham are now unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions after a terrible start to the season. It is no coincidence the the club’s U-turn happened at the same time as the midfielder’s return from injury. Obiang (valued at £7.2m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) has only played six games in all competitions this season, and The Hammers have only lost one of them. Every game that he has not played in, they have lost so far.

This indicates how important the industrial midfielder is to the club, and how noticeable his absence is. After four games of the season, Pellegrini’s side were at the foot of the Premier League table having not won a single point. But Saturday’s dismantling of Man United at The London Stadium took The Hammers to 14th in the table with seven points.

This resurgence did not seem possible a few weeks ago, and the return of their star midfielder is clearly one of the main reasons. That is why it is so important to keep hold of him, particularly with the recent injury to Jack Wilshere.

Furthermore, with West Ham now looking like a decent side in the Premier League, with a good squad and a good manager, it would seem like a backwards step to join Atalanta now for Obiang. All the more reason for him to stay.

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