Premier League strugglers West Ham have signed Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario from Italian giants Inter on loan for the remainder of the season.
The 25-year-old has revealed that he is very happy to join the Irons and that teammate Jose Fonte played a big part in persuading him to make the move to the club from the capital.
Joao Mario only joined the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2016 for £35 million from Sporting Lisbon. The midfielder was part of the Portugal team that won the Championship in 2016. The former Sporting star has won 31 caps for his country.
Mario has struggled to make an impact in Milan and in the Italian top-flight. However, he is still a highly rated midfielder, who should add creativity to a West Ham side looking to move away from the relegation zone. He has five assists from assists from just 14 Serie A appearances this season.
Irons boss David Moyes has revealed that he is concerned that the midfielder may take time to adapt. However, he did reveal that he is a fan of the player’s football ability.
The signing comes at just the right time for the Irons. West Ham will be without attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini and forward Marko Arnautovic for at least a month. Injury-prone striker Andy Carroll is also sidelined due to injury.
Lanzini and particularly Arnautovic have been in top form of late. The pair have played a big role in the Irons seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
The Hammers face a potential banana skin of an FA Cup fourth round trip to Wigan later today. The Latics are in-form and looking good for promotion from League One under Paul Cook.
Hammers boss David Moyes may choose to rotate his squad, as he attempts to keep all his key players fit for the irons relegation battle.
Will Joao Mario prove to be a good signing for West Ham?