West Ham United Manager David Moyes has remained coy on a possible Transfer deal to bring Inter Milan attacker Joao Mario to the London Stadium in this Window.
Speaking in his Pre-AFC Bournemouth Press Conference on Friday afternoon at Rush Green Training Ground, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to be in, the former Manchester United Boss had this to say about the player,
“I think he’s a name which has been mentioned, but again, whether he’s from Inter Milan or Chelsea or anywhere, I wouldn’t talk about the players from other clubs”.
But, Moyes, who has turned things around in East London since being appointed as Slaven Bilic’s replacement in November 2017, did offer an opinion on the quality of the Portuguese star,
“He’s an interesting player, he’s a good Footballer and certainly very talented”.
Mario has been the subject of much Paper-talk and gossip in recent weeks, connecting him with a loan move, with a view to buy in the summer, to the Hammers.
The former European champion, at EURO 2016 with Portugal, has recently reportedly fallen out of favour with Internazionale Manager Luciano Spalletti at the San Siro.
He has made just 14 League appearances, many of them from the bench, for the club this season, after a move from Sporting Lisbon in his native Portugal nearly two years ago.
In total, during his time in Italy, Mario has netted just three times in over 50 outings in all Competitions, after it was understood he wasn’t keen on a move to the Premier League at the start of the month.
The former Lisbon man now, according to speculation, wants out of Italy before the month ends, part of his reasoning is believed to be down to the club’s loan signing of Barcelona star Rafinha, a similar style of player to him.
This will, in all likelihood, limit his already stretched amount of playing time in black and blue should he decide to carry on playing his Football in the Serie A League.
The ramped-up interest from Moyes and his Staff is understood to have been catalysed by the Irons’ recent and ever-growing injury list, which has been adorned by many key first-team stars recently.
The biggest of those surely comes in the form of exciting attacking partnership Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, who have both been rumoured to be facing lengthy spells on the sidelines.
While it is being reported that West Ham will need to negotiate a loan fee of around £1.3 million and pay his wages in full between now and the end of the season, should they want to land Mario’s signature.
It may be a decision that Moyes needs to make quickly to bolster his Squad, before deciding whether or not to sign him permanently at the end of the season for a rumoured £40 million.