West Ham captain Mark Noble has suggested he is ready to risk his playing minutes after urging the club to seal a deal for a £50million central midfielder.
The Hammers have been strongly linked with a loan move for Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario this winter, and the Serie A giants are said to be open to letting the Portuguese go with an option to buy.
Bringing the Euros 2016 winner to the London Stadium will see Noble spend a lot of time on the bench, but he’s willing to make the sacrifice as long as it’s for the greater good of West Ham.
Noble recently revealed: “I want West Ham to buy the best players.
“I want them to spend £50million on a central midfielder. Yeah bring it on.
“I want West Ham to do well.”
Mario cost Inter £40million 2 summers ago and will only be available for sale within that range for suitors.
West Ham’s record signing Marko Arnautovic cost just £25million last summer, but the Portugal international midfielder and winter target will definitely be the new holder of that record should a permanent deal be sealed for him.
Mario brings creativity to the table, and considering his potential, the 25-year-old can finally reach his peak at east London following a troubled spell at San Siro.