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Far Cough 9:47 Fri Jan 26
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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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franksfat&slow&wank 1:24 Sun Feb 4
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Stubbo
I thought we were down already 🙈

DukeofDevo 1:19 Sun Feb 4
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Was he phoning his agent when the ball bounced of his back in their box and went off for a goal kick

He didn’t have a clue where the ball was pretty anonymous for most of the game

Every player must do better!

happygilmore 10:11 Sat Feb 3
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for most of the game, I forgot he was on the pitch

Huffers 10:07 Sat Feb 3
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Fuck me, he’s decided that after a draw and two defeats against Wigan, Palace & Brighton?

Stubbo 10:05 Sat Feb 3
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Apparently he's told his agent he wants to stay if we dont go down

cup of tea 5:52 Wed Jan 31
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Is he injured yet?

DukeofDevo 5:44 Wed Jan 31
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This is just the sort of player that wen should be buying

stop wasting money on £8m for Snodgrass £8m for Fonte £20m for Ayew Id rather have Mario than all three of them In fact thats what we've got because none outhouse three are playing for us

Buster 4:16 Wed Jan 31
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Yeah, for about £40m apparently so it ain't going to happen.

Looked LIVELY last night, looking forward to seeing more of him.

franksfat&slow&wank 2:55 Wed Jan 31
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have we got an option to buy this dude or not?
if not another kick in the bollocks because if he turns out well there will be zero chance of securing him perm

I hate these bastards

sell up and fuck off

BetterthanKaka 11:43 Wed Jan 31
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Thought he was fucking excellent to be honest. Composed and worked his bollocks off.

See you on Saturday, Joao son

El Scorchio 11:38 Wed Jan 31
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Looked ok for a first start with precious little attacking support from the rest of the team.

No way they'll fork out for him in the summer though and he'll have to do a lot more to prove he's worth the expected fee anyway.

Northern Sold 11:35 Wed Jan 31
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jonthehammer 9:05 Wed Jan 31
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first touch was immense last night, very comfortable on the ball and looks a good acquisition.



Yes......






.... for 3 months

Swiss. 11:11 Wed Jan 31
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What I saw of him I liked a lot. Naturally linked well with Hernandez and Noble last night.

Rossal 9:32 Wed Jan 31
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Looked good last night

Good first touch, can beat a man and was nice to have a midfielder run beyonfd the ball and be a goal threat for once

Was blowing out his arse after 70 mins which i imagine will be down to lack of match fitness but he will only get better. Him Arnie and Lanzini will score goals

jonthehammer 9:05 Wed Jan 31
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first touch was immense last night, very comfortable on the ball and looks a good acquisition.

normannomates 2:35 Wed Jan 31
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Thought he aquitted himself very well..showed plenty of commitment. .and effort..and looked classy.

Hate all this loan bollock's though..has its place..but as a main strategy?..nah.

Two bob behaviour

Hermit Road 12:41 Wed Jan 31
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We needed a short term replacement for Lanzini and Arnie as a matter of urgency, getting this geezer in on loan is not the worst bit of business we’ve ever done by a stretch and I won’t be moaning about it. Looks quality and good to see him in our shirt.

Gavros 12:26 Wed Jan 31
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shop window and gets him confirmed for portugal

maybe spurs might come in for him?

Stubbo 12:25 Wed Jan 31
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NS...unless he rips up trees

Northern Sold 12:17 Wed Jan 31
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Ok so basically got him the next 3/4 months...

Barty 12:07 Wed Jan 31
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had a very dangerous free kick in the second half so hopefully we have a proper free kick taker now

So the question is why did Noble take most of the free kicks tonight?

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