Three reasons West Ham must forget Joao Mario and sign James Maddison instead

According to an exclusive report by FC Inter News, West Ham United have had a £12m bid rejected for Inter Milan loanee Joao Mario.

The Irons took the Portugal international on a temporary deal until the end of the season during the January transfer window without any clause leading to a permanent move, and it seems as though the east London outfit have been impressed enough to launch an official offer for the 25-year-old.

However, considering the Serie A giants bought him for £35m in the summer of 2016 it is no surprise that the Hammers’ first bid for the Euro 2016 winner has been rejected, with the Italian club likely to demand a significantly higher fee for the player.

The midfielder, who is usually deployed in an attacking role, has made six appearances for David Moyes’ men so far, although he was dropped to the substitutes’ bench for the trip to Swansea City following the 4-1 defeat against Liverpool beforehand.

Meanwhile, the Irons were also linked with Norwich City starlet James Maddison in the previous transfer window, with the highly-rated attacking midfielder shining for Norwich City in the Championship.

The Mirror reported last month that the Canaries reportedly value the 21-year-old at £30m, and he is said to be a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City among other top flight clubs.

Here are three reasons West Ham must forget Joao Mario and sign the England U21 international instead…