West Ham eye up 22-year-old Euro defensive powerhouse available for bargain fee - report
West Ham are eyeing up a transfer swoop for Rio Ave defender Nelson Monte this month, according to a report.
Football news website WestHamWorld.co.uk claim that the Hammers have been engaged on a long term scouting mission in Portugal and have identified the 22-year-old powerhouse as a potential target for David Moyes and his side.
It is said that the Portuguese top flight side would be willing to sell the centre back, who can also operate on the right flank of defence, for a bargain price of just £2.5million, having made 16 appearances across all competitions for his club.
A Portuguese youth international, with three appearances for the under-20 side, he has made a total of 57 outings for Rio Ave since joining from giants Benfica back in 2012.
Football Insider verdict
While the transfer fees have been rising across Europe for years, the likes of Monte’s price tag prove that there may well still be a bargain to be found in the right places. Whether or not the 22-year-old has what it takes to succeed in England’s top flight is another matter though. With the Hammers set to continue fighting a battle for survival during the second half of the season, they cannot afford to be taking risks on their signings, and so they will have to be certain over Monte’s quality if they do make a move.
In other West Ham transfer news, one attacker is open to exiting the club with a Champions League side circling for his signing.