Saturday 23 March 2019

Irons on verge of Mario loan deal

Inter Milan's Joao Mario
Inter Milan's Joao Mario

Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario is undergoing a medical at West Ham.

The 25-year-old Portugal international, a Euro 2016 winner, is poised to make an initial switch until the end of the season.

Manager David Moyes confirmed: "He is having a medical as we speak.

"It is a loan. I'll be able to tell you more once it's done."

Joao Mario joined Inter from Sporting Lisbon for £35million in August 2016 and has made 44 appearances in Serie A, but he is understood to have grown frustrated at a lack of playing time under new manager Luciano Spalletti.

Moyes has been desperate to add to his increasingly threadbare squad, with Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic the latest players to suffer injuries.

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