According to a report from Argentinian media outlet El Intransigente, River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel could be set to join David Moyes’ West Ham imminently.
The Scot desperately needs to bolster his right-back options at the London Stadium this summer.
Pablo Zabaleta and Jeremy Ngakia have left. And Ryan Fredericks has really disappointed since joining the Hammers in the summer of 2018.
And it seems as though Montiel, 23, could soon be arriving in east London.
Argentinian media outlet El Intransigente claims that the River Plate ace’s move to West Ham could be wrapped up in the next few days.
It is suggested that Montiel would cost just $10 million (£8 million). And in this day and age, £8 million for someone like the South American right-back could be a bargain for the Hammers.
The Argentina international has racked up three assists in 19 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.
David Moyes must be prioritising strengthening his back-line this summer.
Signing a new right-back is an absolute must. And if El Intransigente are to be believed, West Ham could be well on their way to doing just that.
Montiel’s defending is quintessentially South American. The 23-year-old is dogged, determined and aggressive. So he should be ideally suited to the Premier League.
Let’s just hope the Argentinian publication’s claims hold some weight.