Late on Wednesday evening, we covered a report from Gianluca di Marzio claiming that Sassuolo had stepped up their attempts to sign West Ham’s Pedro Obiang by offering €9m.

No answer has been given just yet, at least not one the daily newspapers know about, but Gazzetta dello Sport explain it’s close to the Hammers’ valuation of the player.

Should this be accepted, then the Italian newspaper believe the rest will fall into place very quickly as they report Sassuolo have ‘already found’ an agreement with the West Ham player.

Over at Il Resto del Carlino, the Sassuolo region’s local newspaper, the claims are similar, and they point out the Serie A side made the move in order to beat Bologna to the signing, who were planning on waiting until the first half of their preseason was over to address midfield issues.

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This would explain why it’s taken them so long to make their mind up on the matter, but a recent injury to Jerdy Schouten could force them into action sooner than expected.

That, and the fact Sassuolo now have the upper hand in the race to one of Sinisa Mihajlovic’s desired targets.