West Ham manager David Moyes is undecided yet on whether to make midfielder Joao Mario’s loan move from Inter Milan a permanent one in the summer, the Times reports.
Mario completed a move from Serie A’s Inter Milan to West Ham on a loan deal until the end of the season during the January transfer window.
The midfielder, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, scored his first goal for The Hammers at the weekend in the side’s 3-0 victory over Southampton at the London Stadium and produced probably his best performance to date for the club.
Moyes has since spoken about the possibility of signing the 25-year-old on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
I wouldn’t want to even comment on that now, because I won’t make any decisions or even look at it [yet]. I’ll take my time, see what we’ve got, and see where we’re going to go.
West Ham have the option to make Mario’s loan deal permanent at the end of the summer by paying Inter £26m (€30m) for the midfielder. That decision will ultimately come down to whether West Ham, who are five points above the drop zone, avoid relegation this season.
Inter supporters should be cheering the Hammers because Joao Mario does not fit into Spaletti’s system and the Nerazzurri are desperate for the €30m transfer fee in order to strengthen the team this summer.