Wolves suddenly emerge as favourites to sign former West Ham loanee Joao Mario

A general view of Molineux before the Capital One Cup First Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newport County at Molineux on August 11, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have leapfrogged West Ham United in the betting to become Mario's next club.

Joao Mario of West Ham United celebrates with Cheikhou Kouyaté after scoring their first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Southampton at London Stadium on...

Wolverhampton Wanderers have suddenly emerged as favourites to sign the former West Ham United loanee, Joao Mario, with Skybet.

West Ham had long led the betting to be Mario's next club, with the midfielder tipped to leave Inter Milan this summer.

But the Hammers have since drifted to 6/1, behind Tottenham Hotspur (5/1) and Wolves (11/4).

Mario to Wolves would certainly make sense, given the Black Country club's heavy Portuguese contingent - although unlike many of those, the 25-year-old is no longer a client of Jorge Mendes, the agent who has aided much of Wanderers' recent overseas business.

Portugal's defender Pepe (L), Portugal's defender Fonte, Portugal's midfielder Joao Moutinho and Portugal's midfielder Joao Mario  (R) celebrate as they arrive to collect the winners'...

Nuno Espirito Santo's team have also been linked with a move for the Manchester City midfielder, Oleksandr Zinchenko, within the past week.

Mario played 14 times for West Ham during the second half of last season, scoring two goals and set up another.

Whether or not the Hammers seek to bring him back to the London Stadium remains to be seen, however, after their recent change of manager and signing of another central midfielder, Jack Wilshere.

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal is closed down by Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea  during the Carabao Cup Semi-Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium on January 24, 2018 in London, England.

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