For months now, we’ve been covering West Ham’s chase for the River Plate fullback Gonzalo Montiel.

The Hammers made an attempt to sign the fullback back in January, and there’s a big expectation they could be back for the player in the summer.

Argentine outlet El Intransigente brought an update on the situation at the weekend, this time claiming that River Plate are working to give the player a new contract.

But that doesn’t mean the club are stopping Montiel from leaving. The reason would be that the club has been losing many players as free agents, and since Montiel’s deal expires next year, they don’t want to take the risk this time.

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It’s claimed that Montiel doesn’t plan to leave for free, therefore there should be no problems for the agreement to happen.

El Intransigente insists that West Ham are ‘the strongest club’ in the race, despite the competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Roma.

Last week, Sport Witness published an exclusive report about West Ham’s chase for Montiel.

Sources told us that £10m could be enough to sign the fullback this summer.