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Report: West Ham, Newcastle and Leeds looking at Joao Mario

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Report: West Ham, Newcastle and Leeds looking at Joao Mario

West Ham United, Newcastle United and Leeds United are all reportedly eyeing a move for Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario.

According to O Jogo, the 27-year-old is a wanted man with the three Premier League sides all making enquiries as well as Real Betis, Valencia and Galatasaray.

Mario is on the market having been deemed surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.

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The 27-year-old has been out of the picture there for some time, and last season he was loaned out to Lokomotiv Moscow.

Mario, who has 46 caps for his country, also spent the second half of 2017/18 on loan at West Ham when David Moyes was in temporary charge.

 

It is claimed Inter would be looking to secure a fee of €13 million/£12 million for a permanent transfer for the player, who has just under two years remaining on his contract.

TBR’s View – West Ham may have advantage

West Ham may be feeling confident of winning the race for Mario since they previously signed him on loan.

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Mario did catch the eye at the London Stadium and appeared to enjoy his brief time at the club.

The Hammers are in serious need of reinforcements and Mario’s box-to-box style would be a nice addition for Moyes, who of course needs defensive additions as well.

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