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Hammers to blank permanent midfielder move

West Ham will not be moving to make Joao Mario’s move permanent in the summer should they remain in the Premier League.

The midfielder has been disappointing since arriving on a loan in January and ClaretandHugh understands there is no chance of the club meeting a transfer fee of around £26 million.

His performances have been underwhelming and the club would be unlikely to offer even £10 million for the Potuguese.

Mario has assisted just one goal in five Premier League games and has admitted to the club’s official website that he is finding the adjustment from Europe to the pace of the Premier League difficult.

The Hammers are  keeping all options open on players until they know what level they will be playing at next season but one certain move – should they slip through the trap door – is that James Collins would get a new offer and that Jordan Hugill would step up having been bought as a future prospect.

About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon
 

2 comments on “Hammers to blank permanent midfielder move

  1. Thank goodness.
    Very obvious from Day 1 that he had neither the speed or stature to play in PL.
    We need a big, strong bloke to boss the midfield or someone with pace (or both). You cannot compare the PL with any other league in terms of qualities needed. We have to stop signing rejects from clubs just because they’re big name clubs. Why can’t we find players like Dacoure and Richarlison that Watford manage to find who don’t cost the earth

  2. Recruitment policy ! Or maybe lack of it ….🤔😖

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