West Ham United hold an interest in signing Joao Mario on loan, according to widespread reports in the media.

The Telegraph are reporting that West Ham are hoping to snap up the central midfielder this month to bolster their options in that department.

David Moyes is hopeful of landing Mario on a loan deal as he continues to struggle to impress for Inter Milan.

It has been a frustrating season for the 24-year-old, who joined Inter in 2016 from Sporting CP for a massive £39.8m transfer fee.

Mario has managed just five starts in Serie A this season – with a further nine appearances coming from the bench.

He has played a total of 15 games in all competitions for Inter Milan, picking up three assists in that time for the Italian giants.

But with game time limited at the San Siro, a loan move to West Ham could be a good way for the Portugal international to reignite his stalling career in a new division.

However, Sky Italy – as reported by Sky Sports News – believe that Mario has turned down this loan move as he has no desire to join West Ham this January.

A loan move seemed to be agreed between the two clubs but Mario has decided he does not want it to go ahead.

Mario was part of the Portugal side that won the European Championships in 2016.