Gonzalo Montiel’s representatives have revealed that if West Ham United are able to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, there is a ‘very firm possibility‘ that the River Plate defender could be on his way to east London.
The comments were reported by news agency Telam via Marca, which read: “We are waiting for the tournament to end. If West Ham continues in the first [division], it’s a very firm possibility and Montiel has the decision to go play in England.
“The player’s contract is an issue that will be resolved quickly because we already know the offer, then you have to see what River’s claims are so that the operation is convenient for everyone.”
£7.2m-rated Montiel is a right-back by trade and has four Argentina caps to his name (via Transfermarkt.co.uk). He has made 19 appearances for River Plate in the Superliga so far this season and has provided his teammates with two assists.
His average performance rating in the Argentine top flight currently stands at 7.02/10 according to WhoScored.com, while his strengths are said to lie in his ability to pass accurately, retain possession and maintain good concentration levels.
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Judging by the above comments, it appears the player has his heart set on a move to England, but as is likely to be the case with most of West Ham United’s transfer targets this summer, we believe the club’s appeal will be impacted significantly if they’re unable to maintain their Premier League status.
David Moyes’ side are currently sitting just outside of the drop zone courtesy of their superior goal difference to that of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, so there is plenty of work still to be done by the Hammers.