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Report – West Ham given huge transfer boost

West Ham have been given a massive boost after it emerged that Inter Milan are willing to sell Joao Mario.

Reports in Italy suggest the Serie A club are keen to sign Barcelona’s Rafinha on a permanent deal, after initially taking him on loan from the Spanish side in January. 

And they are willing to axe three stars to finance the deal, with Irons loanee Joao Mario among them.

Inter, who could also sell Geoffrey Kondogbia and Marcelo Brozovic, paid €40 million for the Portuguese two seasons ago and are hopeful that a good spell in England, followed by a solid World Cup showing this summer, will help to raise his value.

The club have the option to buy Rafinha for €38m and will need to raise the cash quickly in the summer, or risk losing him to another buyer – with Manchester United repeatedly linked.

Football.London report that West Ham did not include a purchase option in the deal to loan Mario, but they may be able to get the deal done cheaply if Inter can offload their other unwanted stars.

About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

5 comments on “Report – West Ham given huge transfer boost

  1. I hope we can do a deal if Joao Mario continues his fine form it will be a good opportunity for DS to show he is serious about getting to next level.

  2. Agreed.

  3. And there’s that word again…. Cheaply. Means we’ll offer £30 quid and a packet of Jaffa cakes then wonder why we didn’t get him. I hope Moysie has a big say in this transfer and has more clout than Bilic did.

  4. They’ll never pay the money wanted. Reports like this do nothing but but get fans hopes up, before ultimately being disappointed.

    Just like my dreams….

  5. Yes exactly why is it that the players we seek invariably get associated with the word “CHEAPLY” and “FREE TRANSFER”?

    Answer: Because David Sullivan is involved. Leopards cannot change their spots and whatever nice words DS says when faced with a protest march, the problem is in their DNA. A cheapskate mentality…

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