According to a report from Argentinian media outlet Ole, West Ham could face competition from Crystal Palace in the race to sign River Plate ace Gonzalo Montiel.

Real Betis, Inter Milan, Roma and Valencia are also keen on the right-back, according to Ole.

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.

David Moyes will surely be keen to bolster his right-back options in the summer. Ryan Fredericks has failed to impress since moving to the London Stadium.

River Plate v Deportivo Binacional - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020

Gonzalo Montiel (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson are options, but the Scot will be wary of putting too much pressure on the youngsters too quickly.


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.

River Plate v Defensa y Justicia - Superliga 2019/20

Gonzalo Montiel (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Infobae claims that Montiel has a €20 million (£18.3 million) release clause inserted into his current contract with River Plate.

And that would represent decent value for West Ham. But Ole claims that they won’t have things all their own way, with Crystal Palace also keen on the Argentine ace.

The Premier League sides are reportedly two of six sides interested in signing the River Plate star.

So if the Hammers really want Montiel, they will have to pull out all the stops this summer.

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