The agent of River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel has hinted that his client will not be joining West Ham this summer, when speaking exclusively to Radio Del Plata and relayed via TyC.

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Hammers boss David Moyes will surely be keen to bring a new right-back to the London Stadium this summer.

Pablo Zabaleta will be leaving West Ham at the end of the season. Jeremy Ngakia allegedly could walk away for free at the end of this month, and Ryan Fredericks has failed to live up to expectations in east London.

And Montiel would be the ideal addition for the Hammers this summer.

River Plate v Defensa y Justicia - Superliga 2019/20
Gonzalo Montiel (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

West Ham attempted to sign the 23-year-old Argentine in January, according to TyC, who claim that the east London outfit made a £400,000 loan offer for the right-back, with an option to buy for £8.3 million in the summer.

And there have been reports suggesting that the east London outfit will go back in for the Argentine at the end of this season.

Infobae claims that Montiel has a €20 million (£17.8 million) release clause inserted into his current contract with River Plate.

The player’s agent claimed that the defender could cost just £6.5 million, however, when speaking to El Intransigente.

But the Argentine’s agent explained how he doesn’t think his client will be joining West Ham. He did suggest that the South American ace is ready for a move to the Premier League, however, as quoted by TyC:

River Plate v Deportivo Binacional - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020
Gonzalo Montiel (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

“I think it is time to go to Europe. Gonzalo is mature as a player and is well to make the jump. Gonzalo could play in the Premier League or the Bundesliga without problems. If I had to choose a league for him, I would choose one of the top three or four . There are many concerns for Gonzalo and many clubs interested in him, although I do not think that an offer will come from West Ham.”

Missing out on Montiel will be a big blow for West Ham.

Stats

The Argentina international has racked up three assists in 20 league appearances for River this season (Transfermarkt).

In 19 league outings, the 23-year-old has won 1.5 aerial duals on average per game. He has also averaged two tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances in those matches.

For just £6.5 million, he would have been a real bargain for the Hammers.

It seems as though Moyes might just have to look elsewhere now, however.

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