The agent of River Plate right-back Gonzalo Montiel has confirmed that West Ham retain an interest in signing the defender, following a failed bid in January.
We reported back at the start of the year that River Plate knocked back a loan offer with a £10m purchase option, but the Argentinian club are said to be open to selling for the right amount.
Marcelo Carracedo says the Hammers’ interest will likely depend on whether they stay in the Premier League next season:
“They had already been interested in Gonzalo and continue to be, so they may appear in one of the upcoming markets. Now they have to see how the team ends this tournament and then resume negotiations.”
Montiel’s release clause is $20m (£16m) and while West Ham may not look to match that figure, especially in the current market, River Plate will certainly expect an increase on their last offer.
The right-back is a fully-fledged Argentinian international and his fellow countryman Manuel Lanzini has revealed that the two had a conversation about the London club very recently. Whether the Hammers star has persuaded him into moving to England, we shall see.