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Should West Ham consider Fernandes recall and sell Obiang?

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Should West Ham consider Fernandes recall and sell Obiang?

West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang is reportedly a target for Fiorentina.

The Equitorial Guinea international is being eyed by the Serie A outfit for £10 million, according to Sky Italy (via Sky Sports).

Obiang has made 17 appearances for the Hammers this season, but is currently behind Declan Rice and Mark Noble in the pecking order at the London Stadium.

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He has failed to take his chances when handed them by Manuel Pellegrini, and one wonders just how many minutes he’d have to his name if Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez hadn’t both sustained long-term injuries.

West Ham appear open to sanctioning his sale, with Sky describing the deal as ‘close’ last week.

 

Before Pellegrini goes ahead an allows Obiang to leave though, he should take steps to ensure that the club get Edimilson Fernandes back from his loan.

Fernandes would be an upgrade

Switzerland international Fernandes has been playing well for the Viola this season.

He’s made 18 appearances for the club and has a superior pass completion rate to Obiang (84% to 80%, via WhoScored), and has made more interceptions and blocks on average.

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Fernandes hasn’t contributed any goals or assists yet, but he has definitely caught the eye with some assured and mature performances in the engine room.

Still only 22, Fernandes has plenty of time to develop – perhaps with Obiang seemingly ready to depart, that development can continue back at the London Stadium.

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