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Gianluca Di Marzio delivers update on West Ham move for River Plate star Gonzalo Montiel

West Ham United have been linked with a move for young Argentina international Gonzalo Montiel.

David Moyes desperately needs new recruits, particularly at right-back, in midfield and attack.

West Ham reportedly want to bring River Plate’s Montiel to East London.

That’s according to AS Argentina, although they have seen an initial bid potentially worth around £9million turned down.

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Hammers make familiar loan bid with option

AS Argentina’s claims will be familiar to West Ham fans in this window. The report says the Hammers have asked to take Montiel on loan with an option to buy.

The player has a £17m release clause according to the report. And that has cast doubt on any move.

Now respected Italian football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has delivered an update on the potential transfer.

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Italian journalist delivers update on West Ham’s Montiel move

Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Transfer Show on Thursday night, Di Marzio claimed the two clubs are still in talks and gave an insight into Monteil’s versatility.

“West Ham is talking to River Plate for this young defender, Montiel, who was the youngest player in the Copa Libetadores final Boca vs River,” Di Marzio told Sky Sports’ The Transfer Show.

“He can play right back (and) he can play as a central defender.

“River want a lot (of money), but they are discussing, could be a new player for West Ham.”

Montiel, 23, has made 64 appearances for River since breaking into the team in 2016.

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Too little too late or better late than never?

He has won two caps for Argentina in the last year.

It is not clear whether obtaining a work permit would be a potential issue.

West Ham should have been looking to sign, young promising internationals like Montiel in the summer.

Not panic buying in January after a paltry £25million net spend.

It could be a case of too little too late. But of course it is better late than never, particularly if it helps keep West Ham in the Premier League.

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