West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Yann M’Vila this summer.
According to L’Equipe, the Hammers are after bolstering their midfield ahead of the 2019/2020 campaign.
For large parts of 2018/19, West Ham have had to rely on Declan Rice and Mark Noble to play regularly, with Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez both suffering long-term injuries early on.
L’Equipe say Manuel Pellegrini has identified M’Vila as a potential acquisition this summer.
The 28-year-old has made 33 appearances for Saint-Etienne so far this term, and will be remembered by some for his loan stint at Sunderland in 2015/16.
West Ham signing M’Vila could be the catalyst for Pedro Obiang to finally leave the club.
If West Ham landed the Frenchman this summer, then it would surely pave the way for Obiang to leave the club after four seasons.
Last summer he was linked with a return to former club Sampdoria, and in January reports (The Daily Mail) suggested he could move to Fiorentina.
Obiang has been a decent servant for the club, making 113 appearances in all competitions.
It would be difficult for him to remain at the London Stadium if M’Vila came in, as the pair are very similar players.
M’Vila is a dynamic holding midfielder who can occasionally carry the ball forwards.
Equitorial Guinea international Obiang hasn’t started for the club since late February, suggesting he is disposable to Pellegrini.