According to a report from Spanish website Estadio Deportivo, West Ham United have agreed a deal to sign River Plate defender Gonzalo Montiel.
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The Hammers have allegedly been after the Argentinian ace for around five or six months now. It is no surprise either. David Moyes will undoubtedly be looking to sign an established right-back at the end of the season.
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.
That offer was obviously rejected.
West Ham to move for the right-back again?
But Clarin Deportes claimed that River Plate were expecting another move from the Hammers for Montiel this summer.
And it now seems as though that move from the east London club has already been made.
Spanish website Estadio Deportivo suggest that West Ham have a verbal agreement in place with River Plate to sign the 23-year-old right-back this summer.
There is one problem, however. Estadio Deportivo claims that the move is still a long way from being finalised because of work permit issues.
Moyes has obviously identified right-back as an area that needs urgent attention.
And Montiel would be a very sound addition this summer. Especially for just £9 million.
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.
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.
And if he is granted a work permit, West Ham might have secured themselves a real bargain deal.