West Ham United should soon have a new chance to sign Gonzalo Montiel from River Plate.
Following the Hammers’ first attempt to get the 23-year-old, the club now wait to secure their future in the Premier League so they can decide their transfer plans.
Sport Witness understands that West Ham’s offer in January consisted of £1m for a six-month loan deal, plus an option to buy him at the end of the season for another £10m.
River Plate weren’t interested in loaning Montiel, and insisted they’d only let him go on a permanent transfer, for which the £10m would’ve been enough.
West Ham couldn’t commit themselves to such an investment on Montiel in the January transfer window and had to leave a new attempt for the summer market.
Contrary to prior reports, Montiel’s future remains open. The chance of a move to the Premier League is well seen by the player, but there’s interest from other top European leagues as well.
The fullback is protected by a release clause of €20m, however, given the Coronavirus crisis, there’s belief that the same £10-11m bid from West Ham could be enough to take him.