Pedro Obiang has become somewhat of a cult figure amongst the West Ham faithful but if rumours are to be believed, he could be set for a return to Italy with Sampdoria.

The news won’t sit well with sections of fans in East London – in fact, according to our recent poll 72% of Irons supporters want him to stay –  but there are a number of reasons why the transfer may be a good thing for the club.

From opportunities for the next generation to bolstering Pellegrini’s squad with another big name signing; here are the potential consequences of the Spaniard’s departure.

Tom Skinner