West Ham United are in talks to sign former Super Eagles captain, Mikel Obi, according to Tribal Football. The Nigerian midfielder became a free agent in March, after terminating his contract with Turkish side, Trabzonspor.
Mikel Obi left the club after refusing to play following the COVID-19 outbreak.
The 33-year-old who has previously played for Chelsea and Middlesbrough in England has also been linked with Championship side, West Brom.
But it is understood the Hammers are already in talks with him.
After quitting Trabzonspor, Mikel Obi had been strongly linked with Brazilian sides, Botafogo and Internacional, with the player himself confirming the interest.
However, it seems he is set to make a return to English football.
Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is attracting interest from West Brom. The 33-year-old is currently without a club having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March.
West Brom are understood to be one of a number of clubs exploring the option of signing Mikel on a free transfer.
The Baggies are currently second in the Sky Bet Championship and look well placed to secure a return to the Premier League following a two-season absence from the top flight.
Mikel enjoyed a trophy-laden 11 years at Chelsea earlier in his career, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League.
He also had a brief spell with Middlesbrough in the Championship during the 2018/19 campaign, featuring 19 times, scoring once.
Former Boro manager Tony Pulis was full of praise for the performances of Mikel during his time at the club.
“Since he came into the football club, the level of his performances have been exceptional,” Pulis said.
“He’ll give credit to the other players around him, I’ve spoken to him and he’s done that. You don’t win the trophies he’s won for no reason.
“When you’ve got young players working with a top player who’s won everything in the game, it really inspires them.“