Manuel Lanzini believes Argentina teammate Gonzalo Montiel would be a fine addition to West Ham United’s squad, speaking to Closs Continental after the River Plate ace was linked with an £18 million move to the London Stadium.
With Pablo Zabaleta set to bring his storied Premier League career to an end sooner rather than later, the Hammers will have little choice but to make a new right-back their top target in the summer transfer window.
And Montiel, a rampaging, attack-minded wide man who has been labelled Argentina’s answer to Dani Alves, appears to be at the top of David Moyes’ wish list.
El Intransigente reports that West Ham are considering whether or not to trigger the £18 million release clause in the contract of the 2018 Copa Libertadores winner, who is also a target for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton.,
The prospect of working alongside a fellow Albiceleste star certainly appeals to Lanzini, who believes Montiel would have no problems adapting to Moyes’ style.
“I think Montiel would fit in well at West Ham,” says the talented playmaker, in quotes translated by Ole.
“I know they looked at him and couldn’t bring him in (during January). He asked me, I spoke to him, and the coach likes to play with three or five defenders (in the starting XI).”
Ole adds that West Ham made a £9 million offer for Montiel in the winter but it’s fair to say River Plate had no interest whatsoever in selling one of their most valuable assets for well below his release clause.
“It is not what we want. It would be ridiculous if we agreed to start a conversation with a proposal like that,” said River boss Marcelo Gallardo, expressing his frustration with Infobae after West Ham’s lowball attempt infuriated the South American giants.
Then again, with River hit hard by the global health crisis, maybe they would be a little more open to a cut-price deal these days.