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West Ham sign Euro 2016 winner on loan until the end of the season

The Portuguese playmaker looks set to make his debut in the FA Cup fourth-round clash with Wigan on Saturday

Things really are looking good at West Ham at the moment.

The Hammers relegation worries have cooled since David Moyes took the helm, Marko Arnautovic is in the form of his life and now they’ve snapped up a Euro 2016 winner.


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Portuguese playmaker Joao Mario has completed his move to the club from Inter Milan until the end of the season.

And the 25-year-old looks all set to make his debut for the side this weekend, in the FA Cup fourth-round clash with Wigan.

Joao Mario has joined West Ham on loan until the end of the season

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Joao Mario has joined West Ham on loan until the end of the season

Mario, who won Euro 2016 and has been capped 31 times by Portugal, admitted international team-mate Jose Fonte helped talk him into the move.

He told West Ham’s official site: “I am really happy to be here. It’s a really amazing experience to join this amazing team and I am just glad to be here.

“It was a fast move. I have spoken with everyone around the team and, for me, it is exciting to play in the Premier League.

“I spoke with the coach and for me, I am really happy to be training for an amazing coach, also.

Playmaker Mario strikes a trademark Irons pose

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Playmaker Mario strikes a trademark Irons pose

“Jose Fonte explained to me a little more about the Club and also the song we have, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and that, of course, it was really important for me to join West Ham.

“It’s a really historic club with an amazing stadium and amazing players. I am just trying to know a little bit more about the Club every day and now I have some time to know more.”


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West Ham announced the signing with an exceptionally brilliant video on social media, depicting the Portugal international as Super Mario from the iconic Nintendo series.

Take a look. 

Mario played in all seven games of Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph, earning him a £38.4m from Sporting to Inter later that summer.

But Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spaletti used him sparingly this season, with Mario making just five starts in Serie A.


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He’ll be ready on the game in time for Gameweek 23 – and we estimate his price will be £3.5m.