Pedro Obiang to Sampdoria has been a soap opera in the Italian media for over a week.

West Ham been accused of changing their price for the midfielder, and there’s been a constant stream of information pushed towards the Italian press.

One day the deal can be described as nearly being done and then everything is rolled back again, with accusing fingers being pointed the way of the Hammers.

There will be at least a little bias in the reporting, making West Ham seem the bad guys, but now everything has been turned on its head.

Calciomercato report West Ham have threatened legal action after intermediaries started meddling in a potential transfer. It’s brought everything to an abrupt halt.

Before this latest twist, Calciomercato say there had been an outline agreement between the Premier League club and Sampdoria, with Obiang himself thought to be keen to make the move to Genoa.