Joao Mario wants to make his loan move from Inter Milan to West Ham a permanent one this summer, according to reports in Italy.

Super Mario eyes Hammers stay

Super Mario eyes Hammers stay

The 25-year-old joined Inter from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2016 and made 30 Serie A appearances during his first season at the San Siro.

However, the Portugal midfielder made just five starts before the turn of the year this term and was sent out to the London Stadium in January.

He has made three starts for the Hammers to date and showed plenty of promise, linking up well with both Mark Noble and Javier Hernandez.

West Ham have reached the 30-point mark and appear to be heading in the right direction although there is still work to be done to secure their top-flight status, with so many clubs battling against the drop.

It seems as though Mario is up for the fight and loving life in the English game as Calciomercato are reporting that he has hinted at landing a permanent deal in East London at the end of the season.

Much will depend on whether West Ham stay in the Premier League and, while nothing is a given in football, that is looking more likely as the season progresses.