Much like during the summer transfer window, Pedro Obiang was seemingly given the green light to leave West Ham only for a move to fall through when everything appeared sorted.

As first reported by Calciomercato on Sunday, and confirmed by Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday, the midfielder’s move to Fiorentina, which seemed all set, was blocked by the Hammers just before going through.

According to the website, West Ham had doubts over the way the Serie A side were going to pay (we’re guessing they weren’t pleased with the instalments/bonuses), and stopped everything.

This all happened despite Obiang agreeing terms with the Italians, and Calciomercato believe the player’s entourage are now working on alternatives, with Lille in France said to be ready to pay the €10m or so requested up front.

This move would probably come following some sales from the French side, with Thiago Mendes said to be of interest to a number of clubs.

Down their end, Gazzetta explain Fiorentina are reportedly already moving on, looking at Empoli’s Hamed Junior Traore as an alternative.