Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia has backed international teammate - and reported Arsenal target - Jefferson Montero for a Premier League move, saying that the Ecuadorian forward would be a big hit in England.

According to the Daily Express, the 24-year-old Monarcas Morelia star has been linked with a number of top-flight clubs, including Cardiff City and West Brom.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the South American to the Emirates Stadium, as he looked to strengthen his forward department during the summer.

It's not yet clear whether Arsenal will make another attempt to lure Montero to north London when the transfer window reopens in January, but if the recommendation of an Old Trafford favourite is anything to go by, Wenger would be foolish not to re-enter negotiations.

Asked on Twitter which Ecuadorian player he thought could have an impact on the Premier League, the Manchester United ace said: "Jefferson Montero because he is an intelligent player and someone who is improving his football daily."

Montero currently plies his trade in Mexico, home of Valencia's Red Devils teammate Javier Hernandez, and will turn out for Ecuador alongside the former Wigan Athletic wide-man at next summer's 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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