The Argentine central defender has been linked with a transfer to the Premier League.
However, no approach has happened yet, and the 24-year-old former Argentina youth international is still turning out with Palermo in Serie A. Both clubs still intend to make a move for him before the end of the transfer window as they look to strengthen ahead of what could be very important second halves of their seasons, but it looks as if they will face further competition for his signature.
Munoz was linked with a transfer to AC Milan last week, as per the same website, but the new report claims that a move to Milan has collapsed, opening the door for Sampdoria to approach Palermo with a concrete offer.
There is no indication as to whether Munoz would prefer a move to England or to stay in Italy, but the Hammers are name checked in the report as holding an advantage heading into the final hours of the transfer window.
What does this mean for West Ham?
If Munoz does agree to switch Italy for the Boleyn Ground, the Hammers would have secured the signing of one of the most highly rated defenders in Italian football. He could be the difference in West Ham securing European football next term, and it would ease the loss of Winston Reid, if he were to depart East London before the window closes.
What does this mean for Tottenham?
Spurs could benefit if Munoz does agree to move to West Ham, as it would pave the way for the aforementioned Reid to switch the Boleyn Ground for White Hart Lane – as reported by the Daily Mirror - with less of a fight put up by the Hammers. Although they would have missed out on the Argentine, securing Reid’s signature would guarantee a top class central defender with a wealth of Premier League experience, while also stopping a number of their rivals - Arsenal and Liverpool - from strengthening by signing Reid themselves.