West Ham United was connected to Serie A with an interest in Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario brought giants who want to sell it for around £ 12 million since it no longer meets the requirements.
Galatasaray, Real Betis, Valencia, Leeds United and Newcastle United are also keen on the 27-year-old, who was on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow last season.
Mario was on loan at West Ham for the second half of the 2017/18 season, scoring two goals and assisting once in 18 games to keep the team informed.
Since Manuel Pellegrini replaced the interim manager David Moyes at the time, a permanent change could not work.
The Portugal international scored one goal in 18 games in Russia last season and assisted five others, and it seems this is the Hammers boss' keen to see again.
A few West Ham fans would love to see him back at the London Stadium too, and so some of them responded to reports linking him to the club on Twitter:
Joao Mario will come back please https: //t.co/QBrejo4PUg[19659002weibl-#GSBOUT(@Landsy2710) September 21, 2020
Joao Mario back to us is bigger than Bale back to Spurs.
– Dan (WHUFC) Boyle (@ DanBoyle17) September 21, 2020
I really rated Joao Mario the last time he was with us. I really hope we can register it again.
– #GSBOUTSamzini (@WHUsamzini) September 21, 2020
@ExWHUemployee Please tell me the reports that we want Joao Mario back are true, please, please, please, please
– Alan Rzepa #GSBOUT (@ alanrzepa) September 21, 2020
Yes, good solid player
– Raf1969 (@ Raf19692) 22 September, 2020
I thought he was decent and was just finding his feet when we sent him back.
– Rob Mitchell (@IamROBMITCH) September 22, 2020
Yes … he was pretty good
– Tony Adams (@ tadams1967) September 21, 2020
Yes, I thought he was fine. We deserved a full season with us and it was a shame we didn't sign him that summer.
– #GSBOUT Josh (@JoshVernege) September 21, 2020
Yes. Better than what we currently have.
– Mark Blackburn (@MarkLBlackburn) September 21, 2020
West Ham clearly needs quality supplements after scoring zero points in the campaign's first two Premier League games.
However, signing another attacking midfielder does not seem to be the top priority as the defense needs an upgrade.
Spending on a position where you have plenty of options doesn't make sense, and it will be surprising if you end up following Mario's signature.
While his versatility and quality will no doubt come in handy, West Ham will have to sign a defender or two instead, and that will greatly improve their chances of survival this season.