Report: Inter Milan want Pedro Obiang in West Ham's Joao Mario deal

David Moyes manager of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium on January 20, 2018 in London, England.

Inter Milan are willing to let Joao Mario leave Serie A but do West Ham United have a trump card?

Joao Mario of FC Internazionale Milano looks on during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and Spal at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on September 10, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

The future of Joao Mario is still very much uncertain. According to O Jogo on Monday, West Ham were edging nearer to an agreement with Inter Milan to sign the out-of-favour play-maker on loan for the rest of the season, with the option to sign him permanently for about £22 million.

However it was understood that Mario was far from convinced about a move to West Ham. And FC Inter News reported that Premier League rivals Everton had muscled their way in and were hoping to nab the Euro 2016 winner from under the Hammers’ nose.

Joao Mario of FC Internazionale in action during the serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and FC Internazionale at Stadio Artemio Franchi on January 5, 2018 in Florence, Italy.

But West Ham could have a trump card that would blow Everton out the water. According to Tuttomercatoweb, Inter will let Mario leave for David Moyes side as long as they get Pedro Obiang in exchange.

Former Sampdoria powerhouse Obiang is a key player at West Ham but, for all his qualities, is a less gifted player than Mario, who Inter paid Sporting Lisbon £40 million for in the summer of 2016.

Pedro Obiang of West Ham United (C) sees his shot deflect of Mathias Jorgensen of Huddersfield Town for their first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and...

Mario is expected to give West Ham a clear answer about his future in the next 48 hours, but if Moyes is willing to put Obiang on the table, then Inter will surely push for their second most expensive player ever to join up with Moyes in London.

Unless Everton have a player on their books Inter would be keen to sign, West Ham appear now to be in pole position.

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