According to a report from Infobae, West Ham have approached River Plate ace Gonzalo Montiel’s agent with an offer for his client, although it was not a formal one.
Infobae claims that the 23-year-old has a €20 million (£18.3 million) release clause inserted into his current contract with River Plate.
And that would surely represent excellent value for money for the Hammers.
West Ham allegedly 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.
River refused that alleged offer, however.
Montiel has racked up three assists in 20 league appearances for River this season (Transfermarkt).
In those 18 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.
According to Talents Hunter, the Argentine is an aggressive defender and has plenty of pace. He is also incredibly explosive. So it seems as though he’s ideally suited to the Premier League.
Montiel’s playing style is quintessentially South American. He is tough, tenacious, and seems to be ideally suited for the robust nature of the Premier League.
And if West Ham could pick him up for around £18.3 million, it might end up being a real coup for the east London outfit.