According to a report from El Intransigente, West Ham could go back in for River Plate full-back Gonzalo Montiel in the summer – this time with a permanent bid.
TyC reported back in January that that Hammers made a £400,000 loan offer for the 23-year-old, with an option to buy for £8.3 million in the summer.
River subsequently rejected that offer, however, and wanted a straight sale.
El Intransigente now claim that West Ham could revisit their interest in the four-capped Argentine international in the summer.
The Argentinian media outlet suggests that Montiel has a €15 million (£12.5 million) release clause inserted into his current contract. That clause will rise to €20 million (£16.6 million), however, if it is still yet to be triggered heading into the final 10 days of the transfer window.
So would Montiel be a good signing for the Hammers?
The 23-year-old has played 14 games for River Plate this season, racking up one assist in the process (Transfermarkt).
The versatile defender can also play anywhere along the back-line.
In those outings, he has won an average of 1.5 aerial duals per game. The Argentine has averaged 2.1 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 clearances per game during those appearances (Who Scored).
Montiel has an impressive pass completion rate of 77.7% in 14 league appearances (Who Scored).
All of those statistics seem fairly impressive, and if the South American could adapt quickly to the frenetic pace of the Premier League, he could be a real bargain for West Ham for just £12.5 million.