West Ham United have signed Portuguese forward Joao Mario on loan from Italian giants Inter Milan until the end of the season.
Joao Mario, 25, received his international clearance on Friday and he is in line to make his debut against League One outfit Wigan Athletic in their Emirates FA Cup 4th Round clash on Saturday.
On his move, the 31-cap Portugal international 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.” he added.
Joao Mario was a key member of the Euro 2016 winning Portuguese squad after appearing in all seven games.
He will wear the no.18 shirt at his new club.
Joao Mario also spoke about the impact of national team colleague Jose Fonte on his decision to join West Ham United.
In his words, he said: “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.” he concluded.