Tuesday January 23 2018
West Ham to pay Joao Mario wages

West Ham United are reportedly willing to pay Joao Mario’s wages, but they don’t want to pay Inter to loan him.

The Portuguese midfielder is out of favour under Coach Luciano Spalletti, but the Nerazzurri have been struggling to find a club to take him this month.

Now Sky Italia is reporting that the Hammers have made it clear they’re willing to pay his gross salary for the rest of the season, which totals around €2.5m [£2.2m].

The English club are also prepared to pay his agent a €600,000 commission, but they’re insisting on a free loan.

That deal would include a €30m [£26.4m] option to buy, but it’s not clear if the Beneamata will accept a deal which doesn’t guarantee them any transfer fee.

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