Angelo Ogbonna has been a huge success for West Ham since his £8m arrival from Juventus nearly two years ago but he’s being lined up for a return to Serie A.

According to Il Secolo XIX newspaper (h/t Football Italia), Sampdoria are considering a move for the 29-year-old centre-back this summer.

Ogbonna came through the ranks at Torino and impressed at the club, earning himself a move to Juventus in 2013 but never developed into anything more than a backup player for the Serie A champions and was sold to the Hammers.

A regular in the starting line-up, Ogbonna was sorely missed by West Ham after he underwent knee surgery in January and missed virtually the rest of the season before returning on the final day of the campaign.

Only contracted to the club until the summer of 2019, the Italy international will need to be tied down to a new long-term deal in order to put an end to speculation to a move away from the club, which the Hammers are keen on doing.

The uncertainty surrounding Ogbonna’s future could be the reason why the Hammers are weighing up bids for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone.

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