Midfielder Joao Mario leaves Inter Milan for West Ham on loan

In this Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 file photo, Roma's Daniele De Rossi, right, and Inter Milan's Joao Mario vie for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Roma, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. For all his leadership qualities, Daniele De Rossi still can't shake his tendency to overreact to physical contact. The Roma midfielder's slap to the face of Genoa's Gianluca Lapadula over the weekend was the latest in a long line of undisciplined behavior. (Luca Bruno/AP)

LONDON — Amid a crippling injury crisis, West Ham has signed Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan after the Portugal international failed to live up to his promise in the Italian league.

The 25-year-old midfielder has joined until the end of the season and could make his debut in an FA Cup match against Wigan on Saturday.

West Ham manager David Moyes has seen attacking midfielders Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini join an injury list that already includes Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

Joao Mario, who can play in a range of midfield positions, joined Inter from Portuguese club Sporting after excelling in Portugal’s European Championship-winning campaign in 2016. He didn’t settle at Inter, which has changed its coach several times since the midfielder’s arrival.


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