Last Updated: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:08
Everton look set to miss out on target Jefferson Montero with West Ham now tipped to land the Ecuador star from Mexican side Morelia.
The Hammers look set to beat Everton to his signature after offering the amount needed to trigger his release clause - said to be £3million - and the 23-year-old is expected in London this week to try and seal the deal.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez reportedly came close to signing him for Wigan Athletic in January when he was in charge there and the Spaniard had hoped to revive the deal at Goodison Park.
However, it seems Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has won the race for Montero, who will reportedly be offered a lucrative £30,000 a-week contract over four years at Upton Park.
Montero has played for Ecuador more than 25 times and has been on the radar of several Premier League clubs for the past 12 months, but the Blues will now seemingly have to turn their attention elsewhere for their summer rebuilding plans.
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