It’s been an absolute nightmare 24 hours for Pedro Obiang, if you believe one particular Italian newspaper.

Thursday saw the Italian newspapers agree the West Ham midfielder appeared to be the frontrunner for a midfield spot at Bologna ahead of a decisive meeting between the board and Sinisa Mihajlovic.

All the signs were there for a happy ending, but, in the end, Nicolas Dominguez is the one who came out victorious.

According to Corriere dello Sport on Friday, the outcome of Thursday’s meeting was an agreement between Bologna decision makers that the Argentine midfielder would be the Serie A club’s number one target to bolster the centre of the pitch.

This has pushed the Hammers’ man down to a backup plan, alongside Stoke’s Giannelli Imbula.

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However, all hope isn’t lost, as more optimistic fans will take solace in the fact Gazzetta dello Sport still believe Obiang has a chance, reporting that Bologna are waiting for a few ‘yeses’ from targets to get transfers going.

One of those is the Equatorial Guinea international, and it could simply be that Fiorentina’s alleged return onto the scene (one or two weak reports emerged late on Thursday) has made him think twice about things.

It’s not over until Bologna complete a signing, meaning there’s plenty of time for this rollercoaster of emotions to continue its merry way.