Swansea are closing in on the signing of Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero, claim BBC Sport.
Both Southampton and West Ham were believed to be keen on the fleet-footed World Cup star, but the Swans may just have won the race with the winger flying in for a medical in the coming days.
Montero previously played in Europe during three years with Villarreal in Spain and also in loan spells with Levante and Real Betis. He was not really a key figure for Villarreal, however, in fact the he only managed to appear nine times in the league for the club.
The 24-year-old is very highly-rated at international level, however, having already played 43 times for his country and becoming a key figure in this year's World Cup side along with West Ham- bound Enner Valencia. Montero played in all three of Ecuador's group games in Brazil and along with Valencia was the only real, alert, creative spark.
He has scored eight goals in 43 appearances since making his international debut in 2007.
Montero has the the potential to act as a possible replacement of for Spaniard Pablo Hernandez who has been linked with a move away from the Welsh side for some time now and is expected to move to Qatar.
What to expect
Well, like we saw in this year's World Cup, Montero is astonishingly quick and will give any full-back a run for their money. A perfect player for a side that plays counter-attacking football, which unfortunately isn't the Swansea way.
The 24-year-old is also very agile and good on the ball which means he can make space for himself to take a shot or slip through a pass to a teammate.
I am not sure what he will be like to start off with, due to all the short passing and patient build-up play. However, if Montero can keep calm and learn the Swansea tiki-taka way, then he could be a real hit in the Premier League.
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