West Ham eye £26m deal for international after agreeing personal terms - Sky Sports journalist
West Ham have agreed personal terms to sign Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario, according to a report.
Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his personal website that the Hammers are willing to pay the 25-year-old’s wages in full for him to make a loan move to the London Stadium.
It is understood the Londoners will splash out on £2.2million in wages, plus an additional £350,000 to his agent.
However co-owner David Sullivan does not want to pay the £1.3million fee proposed by Inter for them to loan the Portugal international and instead West Ham are eyeing up a free loan with option to make it permanent for £26million in the summer.
Di Marzio reports that Inter still want the Hammers to pay an upfront fee for a loan as negotiations rumble on.
Inter signed Joao Mario for £40million from Sporting CP in 2016 but the attacking midfielder has been a bit-part player at the San Siro this season, making just 15 appearances in all competitions despite supplying five assists.
Football Insider verdict
David Moyes looks as though he is getting close to bolstering his creative midfield options, but West Ham are really trying to drive hard bargains with these Portuguese internationals. William Carvalho’s deal ended in tatters in the summer after a breakdown in talks between the clubs’ owners and Sporting CP and it seems that this deal could go the same way if Sullivan pushes Inter Milan too push. Joao Mario is a good player and the club seems to be negotiating over what seems like peanuts in terms of the amounts thrown around in football these days.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are favourites to sign this £25million centre-forward from a Premier League rival.
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