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Joao Mario

Portuguese international Joao Mario has joined Premier League side West Ham United on loan from Italian giants Inter Milan.

The 25-year old Euro 2016 winning midfielder was linked with a move to Manchester United last month in a deal that would have seen Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Serie A side, as their manager Luciano Spalletti is a big admirer of the Armenian.

The deal however did not work out and the 28-year old Armenia international has since joined Arsenal with Alexis Sanchez going the other way.

This has seen London club West Ham united seal a loan move for the former Sporting Lisbon star until the end of the season.
The need for quality reinforcements in midfield at West Ham arose due to recent injuries to star men, Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic.

Hammers boss David Moyes has hailed Joao Mario as a quality footballer and hopes he is able to adapt quickly to the Premier League and show what he can do.

Mario joined Inter from Sporting Lisbon in 2016 shortly after the European success with Portugal in a deal worth €40 million but after a good first season (appearance wise), he struggled for game time this time around under new boss Luciano Spalletti,and was very keen on a move away with the World cup fast approaching.

Joao Mario could be in line to make his debut for West Ham when they visit Wigan Athletic in a FA cup fourth round tie on Saturday.

The writer is a passionate Man United fan. He has good insights into the world of football especially the English Premier League.