Date: 29th August 2016 at 11:54am
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West Ham’s Pedro Obiang is in line for a return to Italy with Serie A side Fiorentina, according to the Gazetta Dello Sport.

The 24 year old failed to make an impact for the Hammers after arriving from parent club Sampdoria last summer, making only 11 starts in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign.

Despite a promising debut to Italian senior football, the former Spain Under-21 international doesn’t look to be central to Slaven Bilic’s plans after he has been limited to the sidelines again this season.

Instead, it looks as though the midfielder could balance the books for the London club, after the owners splashed out this window without European football to supplement their revenues. Bilic’s side are now limited in attacking reinforcements after Andre Ayew sustained a four month thigh injury against Chelsea, while Andrew Carroll is also missing from action for four-to-six weeks with a knee injury.

It is reported that the midfielder would cost the Viola around £5million, which would present a minor profit for the east London club, but Bilic’s focus is now clearly to bring attacking replacements to his side.

Talks have been ongoing between the two sides for a while now, and it is understood that the Italian club initially wanted to secure a loan deal for the Spaniard whereas West Ham are only willing to sell on a permanent basis.

Obiang has played one game for the Hammers so far this season, coming off the bench during West Ham’s 1-0 victory over Bournemouth last Sunday.