The Independent report that West Ham United are keen on securing another loan deal for Portuguese international Joao Mario.
The midfielder, who is currently on international duty with Portugal, spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham from his parent club Inter Milan, and, after a slow start in East London, went on to prosper, making 14 appearances and scoring twice. Mario impressed former manager David Moyes with his consistent work rate, and his successor, Manuel Pelligrini, would like to secure him for another season on a long-term loan deal.
For their part, Inter Milan would prefer a permanent sale and rate Mario at £26 million, which is some £10 million less than the fee they paid Sporting Lisbon when they signed him in the summer of 2016 after Portugal’s successful campaign in Euro 2016.
Mario scored the first goal for Portugal on Monday night as they played a two-all draw with England’s first World Cup opponents, Tunisia.
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