Joao Mario would be sensible West Ham replacement for injured Lanzini

West Ham are looking to re-sign Joao Mario from Internazionale on a permanent deal, according to trusted source ExWHUEmployee.

What’s the story?

Joao Mario joined West Ham on loan in January and went on to make 13 appearances for the Hammers, scoring twice and making one assist.

The 25-year-old impressed during his spell at the London Stadium and Inter have told West Ham they will accept £25million for the midfielder, according to the report.

ExWHUEmployee says that Pellegrini is weighing up the transfer but he could be a useful replacement for Manuel Lanzini who is set to be ruled out for the season with an injury.

Is he worth it?

While £25million is below the initial £37million buyout clause during his loan, it is still a hefty sum for West Ham to spend.

However, Mario did impress West Ham fans with his work rate last season, and having had a taster of the Premier League, you would expect him to press on and provide even more for the team.

He doesn’t offer the same attacking outlet as Lanzini but he would be a very useful addition to the team.

It is worth remembering that he signed for Inter for £36million only two years ago and was considered one of the hottest prospects in Europe, so West Ham would be wise to snap him up if they can.