By Kevin Phillips

17th Jul, 2020 | 8:00am

Exclusive: West Ham close in on reported £9m defender deal, Phillips: Good business

Kevin Phillips has tipped West Ham to sign a new right-back this summer with the club reportedly closing in on the signing of Gonzalo Montiel.

The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that a right-back is an area that David Moyes will be looking to strengthen as soon as possible.

According to El Intransigente the Hammers are extremely close to sealing a £9million deal for River Plate full-back Gonzalo Montiel, 23.

The Argentinian publication claims that the transfer will be go through if the Irons secure their survival Premier League survival.

Moyes has one recognised right-back in the first team – Ryan Fredericks – after Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta left the club upon the expiration of their contract.

When asked by Football Insider if Montiel would be a welcome addition at the London Stadium, Phillips said: “You need to have competition in every position.

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“Fredericks has done well and he is a powerful runner. It is an area of great importance because if Fredericks goes down injured, all of a sudden, you do not have a right-back and you are forced to play someone out of position.

“It is an area David will be looking at and you want at least two players for every position in your team so everyone is on their toes and challenging.”

Fredericks has made 26 appearances this season, all in the Premier League.

The Hammers face Watford tomorrow night in a crunch clash at the bottom of the table with both sides just three points clear of the relegation zone.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that Chelsea have offered three players in exchange for Declan Rice.

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