West Ham boss David Moyes is keen to bring Inter Milan ace Joao Mario back to the London Stadium this summer in a £12 million deal, according to a report from O Jogo. But the Hammers could face competition from Leeds and Newcastle for the Portuguese ace’s signature.
The 27-year-old spent six months with West Ham in 2018. And on the most part he really impressed.
Moyes needs to bolster his defensive and centre-forward ranks first and foremost. But it could be argued that we could do with the addition of another central midfielder as well.
And considering Joao Mario’s ability to play in midfield and out wide on the wing, he might just be a useful addition for the Hammers.
It will be tricky for West Ham to re-sign the Portugal international with Leeds and Newcastle allegedly chasing him as well, however.
Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa seems to be building an exciting project at Elland Road. And the same could be said of Magpies manager Steve Bruce at St James’ Park.
Let’s just hope we pull out all the stops to sign Mario.
The 27-year-old would surely be welcomed back by the fans to the London Stadium after his fairly successful loan stint with the club in 2018.
The 46-capped Portugal international racked up two goals and one assist in 14 games for West Ham just over two years ago (Transfermarkt).
The Portuguese ace spent last season on loan with Lokomotiv Moscow, and he really impressed with the Russian club.
Mario racked up six assists in 22 games (Transfermarkt). He proved that he has what it takes to make a difference in the final third on a consistent basis.
And he would slot into West Ham’s midfield perfectly alongside Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice. The Hammers would then have the ideal blend of energy, creativity and tenacity.
Leeds and Newcastle will clearly represent a big problem for West Ham, however. The Premier League duo seem very keen, with O Jogo claiming that they have both made approaches to sign the Inter ace already.
Mario seemed to enjoy his time at the London Stadium, however. And perhaps that will give us an advantage. He might just be keen to return to the Hammers this summer.