West Ham are hunting a loan swoop for Inter Milan and Portugal attacker Joao Mario this month, according to a report.
French news outlet RMC Sport claim on their website that the Hammers have held talks over taking the 24-year-old attacking midfielder on a temporary deal from the European giants, as manager David Moyes looks to bolster his squad.
The 31-cap international, who played in every game of Portugal’s European Championship winning campaign in 2016, has been very much a squad player at Inter this season, with just six starts in his 15 appearances across all competitions, which have resulted in him picking up five assists.
However it is said that Mario is not convinced over joining up with the Hammers as a result of their lack of European football and league position, currently sitting 11th in England’s top flight.
Football Insider verdict
West Ham seem to have been edging away from the relegation zone this season and some quality additions this month will certainly help their cause going forward. Joao Mario certainly has the credentials for both club and country and it would come as no surprise if there were other clubs seeking his signature this month. Moyes will have a difficult job of convincing him that the London Stadium should be his eventual destination, plus there is already a host of options in the same position available to the Scottish manager. An ambitious move, but one which ultimately looks set to fail.
In other West Ham transfer news, the odds have been slashed on the club snapping up an international top flight pass master this month.
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