Southampton have reportedly joined the race for the Inter Milan man.
Tuttosport claimed that the Serie A giants were willing to let Mario go to West Ham’s bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur as part of the deal that would take Moussa Dembele to the San Siro, while Gazzamercato also credited Everton with an interest.
Now, there are two more names to add into the mix – South Coast rivals Southampton and Bournemouth.
Stadio Sport have added to the claims from elsewhere that an Inter side under pressure from Financial Fair Play are keen to sell a player who never really settled in Italy following his £38 million move from Sporting Lisbon after Portugal’s victorious Euro 2016 campaign.
And it is understood that both Southampton and Bournemouth are in a good position with a concrete offer set to arrive in the coming days.
25-year-old Mario is a versatile forward who is perhaps best suited to playing behind the striker. He scored just twice in 13 Premier League games for West Ham but impressed with his balance and vision.
Therefore, Mario could be the man to replace the seemingly departing Dusan Tadic at Southampton or give Bournemouth the creativity to get the best out of their talented group of strikers.