West Ham close in on their first signing of the summer with defender Nayef Aguerd set to have a medical this week ahead of £25m move from Rennes
- Nayef Aguerd will have West Ham medical this week before move from Rennes
- The Hammers increased their initial offer to £25million to get the deal done
- David Moyes looks to bolster his backline ahead of another gruelling season
- West Ham have also been linked to James Ward-Prowse from Southampton
The 26-year-old centre-back has been a long-time target of manager David Moyes and West Ham increased their initial offer to £25m to get the deal for the Morocco international over the line.
Aguerd’s arrival could signal the departure of Issa Diop who has a year left on contract and struggled for form at times last season.
Nayef Aguerd (left) is to have a medical this week ahead of his £25m move to West Ham
Kurt Zouma also had a couple of spells on the sidelines last season while Craig Dawson struggled with fitness.
Aguerd was a Hammers target last summer but opted to continue in Brittany where he enjoyed another stellar campaign in 2021-22.
He made 40 appearances across all competitions and established a reputation as one of the most reliable defenders in France.
The centre back made 40 appearances across all competitions for Ligue 1 side Rennes
He also played every minute of Morocco’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign earlier this year, before falling to Egypt in the quarter-finals.
Moyes will hope Aguerd’s arrival will bolster his defensive ranks as they face another gruelling campaign next term too following their qualification for the Europa Conference League.
Meanwhile, Moyes’s side have also been credited with interest in Ward-Prowse, who has also been linked to Tottenham and Newcastle, according to football.london.
Aguerd also played every minute of Morocco’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign this year
Former Hammers coach Stuart Pearce has praised the Saints captain, telling talkSPORT Ward-Prowse had ‘the best year of his career.’
Pearce only recently vacated his role as first team coach at the end of the season and his comments have fuelled the rumours linking Ward-Prowse to the London Stadium.
The midfielder ended the 2021-22 campaign with a personal best return of ten goals in the Premier League, recording an additional five assists for the Saints.
But the Hammers will face tough competition for the England international, who played the full 90 minutes as the Three Lions drew 0-0 with Italy on Saturday, with other top-flight sides interested.
Moyes’s side have also been credited with interest in Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse (left)