Reports from the Argentine media continue to say that West Ham United may come for Gonzalo Montiel this summer.
At the weekend, it was newspaper Olé who said the Hammers would try to sign the fullback in case they manage to stay in the Premier League for next season.
Something similar is claimed today by news agency Telam, who brings interesting quotes from the player’s representatives.
“We’re 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,” they said (via Marca).
“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.”
Marca writes that Montiel is protected by a release clause of US$20m, but River Plate should star negotiating from half of that amount.
Even though those quotes are only credited to ‘the player’s staff’, the outlet also points out that Montiel’s agent Marcelo Carracedo has recently confirmed that West Ham made a first attempt to sign the player in January, and could be back for him in the summer.
According to reports from the start of the year, the Premier League side tried to take Montiel on a loan deal with an option to buy, and that’s what harmed their chances of getting him.