West Ham are believed to be preparing a summer bid for River Plate full-back Gonzalo Montiel, after reportedly having a loan bid for the Argentine rejected in January.
The Hammers were said to have offered River £400,000 for the six-month loan of Montiel last month, with the potential deal also including an option to buy for £8.3m in the summer.
But according to Argentinian media outlet El Intransigente,
Montiel - who's been capped four times by his country - is believed to have a
Nevertheless, irrespective of whether they stay in the Premier League or not, West Ham are in dire need of defensive reinforcements. The club sit 18th in the table, a point adrift of safety, and it's their inability to keep goals out that's led to them being in a rather precarious position.
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And although it may have come too late, there's no doubt that Montiel would help shore things up.
The 23-year-old has established himself as a key figure in Marcelo Gallardo's side after coming through the River academy. The versatile defender has since played 85 times for the club, winning five major honours at the