West Ham target Javier Pastore is reportedly nearing a switch to Roma instead, but West Ham fans think they may just have dodged a bullet.
According to Calciomercato, Pastore is set for a medical with Champions League semi-finalists Roma.
The PSG man has been heavily linked with a move to East London, but it appears his wage demands have halted any chance of a move to the London Stadium.
The Argentine playmaker, who has 2 goals in 29 caps for his country, is incredibly talented, but injuries have plagued his career since moving to PSG, and fans are thinking it might be a blessing in disguise to lose him to Roma.
Joao Mario is another player fans are discussing, and it seems plenty of them agree he would be a better signing than Pastore.
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The Portuguese international, who spent the second half of last season on loan with the Hammers, is younger, more versatile and far less injury prone than the PSG superstar.
Mario has been linked with re-joining the Hammers on a permanent basis, as Manuel Pellegrini seeks more attacking impetus to replace the injured Manuel Lanzini.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Would rather get Joao back after all this, seems like he’s not too bothered about the club whereas Joao looks like the club means something to him
— West Ham Law (@WHU_LAW) June 18, 2018
He never wanted to play for us, plus his injury record, maybe we dodged a bullet here. Time to seal Anderson deal
— Wolf Nine (@Wolf_Nine9) June 18, 2018
Higher fee for Mario but less wages and not as injury prone. Only 26 yrs old too compared to Pastore 31. But if we’re going to go for a higher fee & less wages, would like to enquire about Pavon. Plays anywhere across the front 3 and only 21. Total class ⚒
— Tony Cox (@doc9739rgj) June 18, 2018
I actually hope this deal gets done, Pastore wants a move to Serie A.
Then we can move on to a younger less injury prone player. Get Mario back who wants move here & has played with us & imo be even better w MP & preseason!
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) June 19, 2018
unless ofc Sullivan makes himself involved then i’m all for going after him, just it doesn’t make any sense atm. As for Pastore his wages are WAY too high, and he’s WAY too injury prone, would rather have Joao Mario anyways so hopefully we sign him. Joao’s only 25 too, Pastore 29
— Jack (@Jvckist) June 18, 2018
— Danny⚒Boy (@1DannyHopkins) June 18, 2018
Pastore off to Rome
Maddison off to Leicester
Not arsed. Mario is the man for me.
— Chaz (@ChazzSM) June 18, 2018
Not bothered about Pastore or Maddison, didn’t want either of them in the first place, Mario over both of them any day
— Ben (@ZabaletaIsBald) June 18, 2018