Leeds United, West Ham United and Newcastle United have all reportedly made enquiries to sign Inter Milan outcast Joao Mario this summer – and David Moyes is clearly a fan, having lauded his efforts during a loan spell in 2018.
Mario, 27, is on the transfer list at Inter Milan having spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow – where he scored just one goal in 22 games. He has entered the final two years of his Inter contract.
The versatile midfielder, who joined Inter back in 2016 for a whopping £41.25million, spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at West Ham and left a lasting impression on Moyes during his 14 Hammers appearances.
Portuguese website O Jogo claim Moyes has enquired over a move to bring him back to east London, while Leeds and Newcastle are also keen. Back in April 2018, Moyes lauded the Euro 2016 winner for his display against Southampton.
“Mario brings a little bit of flair, he’s good on the ball, and a bit of natural talent,” Moyes was quoted as saying by the Independent two years ago. “What goes un-noticed is that he’s actually a really hard-working boy as well.”
TBR’s view – Mario would be a stunning addition for any of the three
At West Ham, Mario engineered a strong relationship with supporters. A return to the London Stadium would see the Hammers add some much-needed creativity, as Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini continue to struggle.
A move to Leeds would see the Whites add the last piece of the jigsaw, a permanent partner for Mateusz Klich. Newcastle boast Miguel Almiron in the attacking-midfield role, but again, Mario would be a good addition for the Toon.
But a return to West Ham would surely be his best move, given Moyes is back at the London Stadium.