According to a report from TyC Sports, West Ham have had a bid rejected for River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel.

The Hammers desperately need to strengthen their right-back position. Pablo Zabaleta is leaving in the summer, and the currently injured Ryan Fredericks has flattered to deceive since making his move to the London Stadium from Fulham in the summer of 2018.

It really is an area where West Ham at arguably at their weakest. When Zabaleta plays, there is no pace whatsoever going forward down the right-hand flank.

And when Fredericks plays, he is often found wanting defensively. He fails to use his impressive pace to good effect either.

Boca Juniors v River Plate - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2019

Gonzalo Montiel (Photo by Diego Alberto Haliasz/Getty Images)

And TyC Sports claims that the Hammers have identified Montiel as a potential solution to their right-back issues.

The Argentinian media outlet claims West Ham offered a £420,000 loan fee until the end of the season for the 23-year-old with an option to buy for £8.4 million in the summer.

 

Would Montiel be a good addition to David Moyes’s side?

Whether the Hammers go back in for Montiel remains to be seen, but they really should consider doing so. He would be an excellent addition for the east London outfit.

The Argentine is ideally suited for the Premier League. He is a tenacious tackler, having made 2.1 tackles per game in 12 league outings for River Plate this season (Who Scored).

Newell's Old Boys v River Plate - Superliga 2019/20

Gonzalo Montiel (Photo by Manuel Cortina/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In fact, he is just a very solid all round defender. In those 12 league outings this season, he has averaged, 0.9 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and 1.5 successful aerial duals per game. Whilst the 23-year-old has only been dribbled past an average of 0.8 times per match (Who Scored).

Montiel is young too, and would provide extremely strong competition for Fredericks over the next few years.

West Ham must go back in with an improved offer. The Argentine has all the makings of someone who would fit right in at the London Stadium, and be an immediate hit with the fans.

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