According to a report from TyC Sports, West Ham had a loan-to-buy offer rejected for River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel a couple of days ago, and some Hammers fans have taken to Twitter in reaction to the news.

TyC Sports claims that the offer from the east London outfit was an original £400,000 loan fee with an option to buy for £8.4 million in the summer.

Right-back is clearly an area where the Hammers need to improve. Pablo Zabaleta is well past his best. And he is leaving in the summer anyway.

Ryan Fredericks, meanwhile, is currently injured. But even before he was forced to the sidelines with a hamstring problem, he quite simply wasn’t delivering.

The 27-year-old possesses pace in abundance, but he just doesn’t use it to good effect. His attacking output is very poor, with just two assists and no goals in 18 appearances for West Ham this season (Transfermarkt).

Compare that to Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has racked up a superb 10 assists and two goals in 23 Premier League games this term (Transfermarkt).

West Ham really do need more of attacking threat from right-back, considering that their wingers are not producing in the final third.

Central Cordoba v River Plate - Copa Argentina 2019
Gonzalo Montiel (Photo by Alexis Lloret/Getty Images)

Is Montiel the type of player West Ham need, however?

The problem is that 23-year-old has hardly been pulling up trees from an attacking perspective either. He has no goals and just one assist in 12 outings for River Plate this season (Transfermarkt).

The 23-year-old is a very solid defender, however, as the following stats provided by Who Scored suggest.

The Argentine has averaged 2.1 tackles, 0.9 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per game for River this season. He has also won an average of 1.5 aerial duals in the 12 league games he has played.

So what do West Ham fans make of the links with Montiel?

Some took to Twitter in reaction to the report suggesting that the Hammers have had a bid rejected for the right-back…

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