West Ham complete loan move for Inter midfielder Joao Mario

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The 25-year-old becomes David Moyes' first signing as Hammers boss, joining on loan until the end of the 2017-18 campaign

West Ham United have completed the loan signing of Inter midfielder Joao Mario.

The 25-year-old Portugal international joins the Hammers until the end of the season and becomes David Moyes' first signing since taking over as manager.

Mario arrived at Inter for a fee of around £35 million in the summer of 2016 but failed to deliver the standard of performances displayed at previous club Sporting.

The midfielder arrived in London on Thursday to undergo a medical and finalise terms on a move to West Ham, with the transfer being announced on Friday.

Mario, who will take the number 18 shirt at the London Stadium, said: "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.”

Mario joins countryman Jose Fonte at West Ham, both of whom played a part in Portugal winning the European Championship in 2016.

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Upon the midfielder's loan move being revealed, Mario said that he had spoken to Fonte about the club and that his coversation was influential in agreeing a move.

He added: "Jose 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.”