Joao Mario

Premier League AT HALF: Man Utd, West Ham rolling (video)

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Romelu Lukaku‘s 100th Premier League goal is one of eight markers across six 10 a.m. ET Premier League kickoffs.

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Manchester United 2-0 Swansea City

The hosts went ahead within 300 seconds, as Jesse Lingard slipped Alexis Sanchez into the box and the Chilean found Lukaku for a bounding finish beyond the reach of Lukasz Fabianski.

Watford 1-1 Bournemouth

Kiko Femenia was on the business end of a corner kick to give the Hornets an early lead, but Joshua King answered just before halftime when he converted a penalty given away by Jose Holebas.

West Ham United 3-0 Southampton

Joao Mario made sure the hosts put their fans in fine spirits, and Marko Arnautovic had them buzzing before the match was 20 minutes old when he doubled the advantage. Arnautovic scored his side’s third just before the final whistle.

Newcastle United 0-0 Huddersfield Town

The Magpies’ tails were up, but finishing down as the hosts looked to firm up their 2018-19 Premier League status. It was almost exclusively Newcastle, and Dwight Gayle could’ve had three in the first 45.

Leicester City 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Essentially chance-free for the first half hour, Glenn Murray missed a bid to put the Gulls ahead by the break.

 

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Burnley

A spectacular goal from Ashley Barnes has the Clarets continuing the awful campaign of Alan Pardew and West Brom.

West Ham land Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario on loan

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LONDON (AP) 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.

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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.

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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.

Reports: EURO winner Joao Mario set for West Ham loan

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West Ham may be on the verge of a significant midfield upgrade.

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Joao Mario has reportedly landed at West Ham on a $2 million loan from Inter Milan with a $44 million option to buy.

Mario’s star really rose when he played nearly every minute of Portugal’s EURO 2016 triumph at either right or left midfield. He’s scored three goals with 12 assists in two seasons since coming to Serie A two seasons ago.

He gives David Moyes a wildly different  and — opinion alert — much more dangerous skill set than Mark Noble.

Mario, 25, has fallen down the pecking order at Inter and has five assists in 14 Serie A matches this season. He cost Inter around $50 million when purchased from Sporting Lisbon after his EURO run.