West Ham United announced that Pedro Obiang has left the club to join Serie A outfit Sassuolo for £7.2 million on Wednesday, and their fans have reacted to his departure on social media.

The midfielder spent four years with the Hammers, becoming one of their more reliable players, only for a series of injuries to set him back in recent times, which saw his impact in the side begin to reduce.

Manuel Pellegrini is undergoing an active and extensive overhaul of his West Ham squad ahead of the new Premier League season, with Obiang the eighth senior man to depart the London Stadium since the end of the previous campaign.

The Equatorial Guinea international departs the Hammers having made 116 appearances for the club, and having shot himself into the hearts of all Irons supporters, when he unleashed an unstoppable thunderbolt against rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium a couple of seasons ago.

Pellegrini is looking to take West Ham to the next level, pushing to be the best of the rest outside of the top six in the Premier League, and with the emergence of Declan Rice at the London Stadium in recent times, Obiang was only ever going to be on the fringes of things this term.

The 27-year-old arrived at the Hammers from Serie A side Sampdoria in 2015, and he is now off for another spell in the Italian top flight after his four-year stay has come to an end.

He was always a popular figure among the West Ham faithful, and as such some supporters are sorry to see him go, although the majority accepted that he was only on the edges of regular inclusion in the side, and know if their club are to take the next step they need to bring in better quality, so allowing Obiang to leave was best for both parties.

Here are some of their messages on social media:

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