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Joao Mario

West Ham United sign Portugal star Joao Mario on loan

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of Portugal international Joao Mario on loan until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who arrives in east London from Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, is a talented and skilful player capable of creating and scoring goals.

Having received international clearance on Friday, he trained with his new teammates and has been named in David Moyes’ squad for Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie at Wigan Athletic.

Capped 31 times, Joao Mario appeared in all seven matches as Portugal won UEFA Euro 2016, and the Porto-born star cannot wait to show his worth in a Claret and Blue shirt.

“I am really happy to be here,” said the new No18. “It’s a really amazing experience to join this amazing team and I am just glad to be here.

“It was a fast move. I have spoken with everyone around the team and, for me, it is exciting to play in the Premier League. I spoke with the coach and for me, I am really happy to be training for an amazing coach, also.”

The Hammers’ first January signing revealed that Portugal teammate Jose Fonte had phoned and texted him on more than one occasion, encouraging him to swap Milan for London.

“Jose explained to me a little more about the Club and also the song we have, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and that, of course, it was really important for me to join West Ham!

“It’s a really historic Club with an amazing stadium and amazing players. I am just trying to know a little bit more about the Club every day and now I have some time to know more.”

Born in Porto, Joao Mario was just eleven when he moved to Lisbon to join Sporting Lisbon, making his first-team debut in a UEFA Europa League tie against Lazio at 18 in December 2011.

After a season on loan at Vitoria Setubal and another in Sporting’s B team, the midfielder established himself in the first team for the 2014/15 campaign, scoring seven goals and assisting five more in 44 appearances and playing against the likes of Chelsea and Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions League.

A senior international debut arrived in France in October 2014, followed by a competitive debut in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Denmark later the same month.

Joao Mario’s 2015/16 season was even more impressive, as he chalked up eleven assists and six goals as Sporting went within two points of winning their first Portuguese championship since 2002.

November 2015 also saw him become a regular for Portugal, featuring in all seven Euro 2016 warm-up matches. He then started six of his country’s seven games at the tournament, playing all 120 minutes of the historic victory over France in the final.

Those performances saw Inter Milan pay a reported £38.4m to take him to Milan, making him the most expensive Portuguese player ever sold by a Portuguese club.

After featuring 33 times last season, Joao Mario has featured 14 times in Serie A this season, recording five assists, and will now bring his creative flair to the Premier League.

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costahammer 11:23 Tue May 8
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Decent player and i´m sure he´d only get better with better players around him!!....however the stumbling block is the price!

Rossal 10:26 Tue May 8
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I'd take him on loan again next season

Few shit performances away from home but on the whole he has improved our midfield

Trevor B 8:50 Tue May 8
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I wouldn't be surprised to see us take him on loan for another season. Inter want to recoup their outlay, but I don't think anyone will be interested in laying out 40m on him, 25/30m is about standard for a good central midfielder these days, but I don't think he has quite proved himself in the PL yet.

LeroysBoots 8:38 Tue May 8
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He was hardly alone with his inconsistent performances was he

There is a fundamental issue at the club.....crap management !

. . 8:31 Tue May 8
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I'm hoping that this years transfer fee's are not as ridiculous as last seasons where we saw Danny Drinkwater move to Chelsea for £35mil (I see reports we are linked with him for £30mil) If the fees are the same as last season Sullivan and co are going to have to dig very deep.
Based on last seasons fees if we pick him up for 15mil it will be a bargain, however it really depends on what is in our kitty a new C.B. would be my first choice (selling Tomkins for only £10 mil seems a little naive now)

the exile 9:25 Mon May 7
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We might get him at a bargain price given that Inter won't want him back, but I wouldn't offer more than £10m. Decent, skilful player but lacks strength and pace.

VirginiaHam 7:28 Mon May 7
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Spunking 25m on Mario is absurd unless our transfer budget is 150m.

If we bought Butland, Dendoncker, the Fulham pair, Mawson and Shaqiri and had money left over then yes. That assumes we keep Hernandez too.

Eerie Descent 7:15 Mon May 7
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Because most of our midfielders are so fucking shit technically, people are seeing him as the answer to our problems, but he's not. He's had a few decent moments, but in the main he is ineffectual, and we need much better.

Sven Roeder 7:10 Mon May 7
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Brings to mind FEGHOULI who ironically scored in the last game of last season.

Hasn't pulled up any trees and you wonder whether he can kick on given the experience he has now got.
Not sure I'd want to bet the fee that Inter will want given they paid stupid money.

Alex V 6:51 Mon May 7
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It'd be interested to see what he could do in a more orthodox wide role in a 4-5-1 rather than this floating AM nonsense he's been playing. Maybe a chance to see that in the last couple of games?

dazz 6:50 Mon May 7
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Too lightweight ...he clearly needs to find way to hold onto
the ball, be it with added strengthening or skill.

the big question being , is he one of those players that
would benefit from his time here this season ?
i'm glad i dont have to make those decisions.

DukeofDevo 6:43 Mon May 7
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Got to be a keep! Will get used to the premthen watch him!

gph 6:35 Mon May 7
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I'm not going to be heart-broken either way.

Hasn't shown enough to be a must-keep, isn't poor enough to be a must-go.

Texas Iron 6:32 Mon May 7
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Prices for quality MFs are crazy...
Bit even at 20million ratger than quoted 40million...doubt hes worth it to us...

Full Claret Jacket 6:30 Mon May 7
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I'd take him if the transfer fee and wages made sense. My feeling is they won't be as Inter laid out a lot of money for him.
I think he'd get better with more experience in the league and he's obviously got some technique and gets about the pitch well enough. Seems a decent character too. At least worth a squad place given what we have in our squad.

Swiss. 2:18 Mon May 7
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20m is nothing these days and half what Inter paid. Worth a punt I think

Takashi Miike 12:39 Mon May 7
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on his day a very good player but his days are too infrequent to lay out loads on a transfer fee + wages, im sure inter would want at least twenty million. thats probably half the dwarves summer budget

Sir Alf 12:38 Mon May 7
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*get him * even

Sir Alf 12:37 Mon May 7
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As mentioned he needs to be stronger but that can be developed. Keep if we can get her m and the right price ( 20 mill max) and so long as we bring in pace and strength in central midfield. With better players around him he will imo be a very good and creative player. Would be interesting to compare his stats to Lanzini. He has created a fair few chances and scored a couple of goals in recent weeks. Just needs consistency which can come with a better teammates etc

cambsiron 12:34 Mon May 7
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Clearly a reasonable player or we would be slagging off every week. Not outstanding though. Would take him for 8M but definitely not for 20.

ludo21 11:56 Mon May 7
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My fear is that we will sign him and let Lanzini go, which obviously isn’t good.

I do agree that he will improve with more PL experience though.

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