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West Ham Lining Up Summer Bid For River Plate Defender Gonzalo Montiel

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?West Ham are believed to be preparing a summer bid for River Plate full-back Gonzalo Montiel, after reportedly having a loan bid for the Argentine rejected in January.

The versatile defender has since played 85 times for the club, winning five major honours at the However, after failing miserably to secure Montiel in January, West Ham  Southampton  in the summer for right-back's signature.

But according to Argentinian media outlet El Intransige?nte,  despite having their approach laughed off by the Argentine club, West Ham are ready to return with a permanent bid for Montiel as they look to replace Pablo Zabaleta - whose contract at the London Stadium expires at the end of the season.

The Hammers were said to have offered River £400,000 for the six-month loan of Montiel last month, with the potential deal also including an option to buy for £8.3m in the summer.

Nevertheless, irrespective of whether they stay in the Premier League or not, West Ham are in dire need of defensive reinforcements.

And although it may have come too late, there's no doubt that Montiel would help shore things up.

Montiel - who's been capped four times by his country - is believed to have a  £12.5m release clause inserted into his current contract - one that will rise to more than £16m if it hasn't been triggered heading into the final 10 days of the transfer window.
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