Last week saw the resurgence of a potential exit for Pedro Obiang from West Ham following a long summer of ‘will he, won’t he’ games surrounding a potential return to Sampdoria.

The Equatorial Guinea international ended up staying at London Stadium, but that didn’t stop Roma, in search of a new midfielder to help strengthen the squad’s depth, from considering a move in January.

The Serie A side were said to ‘value’ a loan for Obiang following claims he could be let go by West Ham after some rather disappointing performances, most recently against Brighton.

However, in Italy believe that, as things stand, the 26-year-old’s favoured option would be to stay in the Premier League, meaning being a backup at Roma, or even Milan, who are also thrown in there for good measure, isn’t of interest to him just yet.

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Perhaps Obiang feels he can convince Pellegrini that his poor form is just a blip, and with a long way to go in the current campaign, the Chilean manager could very well need him, just like he did against Birmingham in the FA Cup.

The midfielder has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season, picking up one assist and one yellow card.