The Irons news outlet claim that the Equatorial Guinea international is very much on the Hammers’ exit list ahead of the transfer window and that they are looking for a seven figure price to let him leave east London.
He has been a regular in the first team over the last couple of seasons, making 29 appearances across all competitions during the 2018/19 campaign and a total of 116 outings since joining the club.
A price of £8million is by no means a bad bit of business for the Hammers, who quite clearly want him and his wages off the books, nor is it a prohibitive price for another club who might be keen on snapping him up. He has not been a poor performer when called upon but perhaps he is a little behind in terms of quality compared to the likes of Declan Rice and Mark Noble. With Pablo Fornals arriving to give Manuel Pellegrini another attacking option in the centre of the park, it should come as no surprise that the Hammers are willing to let him go, although they might want to find another box-to-box player who can bring the same energy and commitment that Obiang showed every time he played. He will not go down as a West Ham hero but with over 100 games for the Irons, there is no doubting his commitment to the cause. Only time will tell whether he is replaced but it seems inevitable he will be on his way before next season kicks off.