Report: Moyes to engage on personal transfer mission for top target after loan deal agreed
West Ham manager David Moyes is set to engage on his own personal transfer mission to go and watch midfielder Joao Mario in action for Inter Milan on Sunday before green lighting his signing, according to a report.
The Mirror claim on their website that the Scottish manager will travel to Italy to see the 25-year-old Portuguese international in person during Inter’s clash against Roma, with a deal said to be agreed for his loan capture until the end of the season.
The 31-cap international is reportedly Moyes’ top target this month, having looked to bolster his midfield, and the report states that the loan move is with a view to secure his permanent signing at the end of his temporary spell at the London Stadium.
Mario has just 15 appearances under his belt this season, and while he has failed to find the back of the net he has chipped in with five assists.
Football Insider verdict
Moyes’ impending visit to Italy signifies that this move is nearing completion and that the Hammers could have secured themselves a bargain deal. A loan move makes perfect sense right now for a big money player who is unproven in the top flight, and as proven with Simone Zaza last season, success elsewhere does not translate into success in the Premier League. Mario appears to be of the highest quality though, his caps for Portugal evidence of that, and Moyes could have secured the signing of the winter window if it is a success.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club are said to have gone behind Moyes’ back to secure the exit of this first team star.