After dilly-dallying around for so long in trying to decide whether to make a move for West Ham’s Pedro Obiang or Velez Sarsfield’s Nicolas Dominguez, Bologna could find themselves with neither.

The choice changed from one day to the next, with Sinisa Mihajlovic wanting his former pupil while the transfer committee were keener on the Argentine, clearly seeing a potential profit down the line if all went well.

However, things have changed over the past week or so, as Velez have decided to up their demands for the player, leaving Bologna a bit stranded, because they can’t really afford what West Ham are asking for their midfielder either.

In fact, Corriere dello Sport state Alfred Duncan is now seriously being thought about, whom they will go for if the Hammers ‘don’t lower their asking price for Pedro Obiang’.

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It’s clear the Equatorial Guinea international remains somewhere near the top of Mihajlovic’s list, but there’s only so much a club can do.

As time goes by and West Ham continue to spend, they may end up needing to sell a few of their fringe players, but will they be willing to do so at cutthroat prices?

We doubt it.