Earlier on Tuesday, we relayed the latest regarding Bologna and their pursuit of Pedro Obiang, which suggested they could miss out on the midfielder entirely if West Ham didn’t lower their asking price.

One of the main competitors for Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side were Sassuolo, but Corriere dello Sport stated over a week ago they couldn’t do much unless they offloaded Alfred Duncan first.

Well, they haven’t, but that hasn’t stopped them from making their first move for the West Ham player, as Gianluca di Marzio claims a €9m offer has been presented to the Hammers for the Equatorial Guinea international.

It’s described as an ‘important’ amount, and there’s ‘optimism’ the negotiations could end positively for all parties.

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Whether that ends up being the case remains to be seen, and it might end up with Sassuolo needing to increase their offer a touch if they want to convince the Premier League side to part ways with the 27-year-old.

Previous reports stated €10m or so would be enough, and with the London Stadium club spending relatively large amounts on the transfer market so far, we wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to get an eight figure sum out of Sassuolo.

One to keep an eye on.