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West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang has emerged as a possible target for Premier League rivals Liverpool, according to The Sun.

The Spanish midfielder was being linked with an exit from the London Stadium in the summer, with a possible return to Italian football falling through.

However, Obiang has played his way into Slaven Bilic’s preferences and put in some assured performances in his 17 Premier League starts this season.

The 24-year-old has looked like a more consistent and valuable contributor than club captain Mark Noble at times this season and appears to have won the Hammers fans over.

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The report suggests that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking for summer recruits and could be tempted to raid the fellow Premier League side, with a reported £18 million fee being mentioned.

West Ham would surely have loved to have recouped that amount of money for Obiang in the summer but his improved showings may well dissuade Bilic’s men from cashing-in on him.

The Spaniard has had the option to play due to Cheikhou Kouyate being asked to feature out of position at times this term.

Obiang’s range of passing and football intelligence have been impressive this season, with the fact that the West Ham man is being linked to Liverpool showing just how much he has improved.