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West Ham close to agreeing Nayef Aguerd fee

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West Ham are currently holding talks with Rennes over a deal for Morocco centre-back Nayef Aguerd, as per 90min.

The Lowdown: Moyes needs a centre-back

Despite the Irons having just had an impressive season, having reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and finishing 7th in the Premier League, they have struggled for fitness at centre-half, with Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop, and Kurt Zouma all having their issues this season. 

The inconsistency in personnel at the back could be considered part of the reason that David Moyes’ side couldn’t finish in a Europa League or Champions League spot this season, but it seems talks are progressing with the Ligue 1 side for the 26-year-old Moroccan international.

The Latest: Talks progressing

According to 90min, talks between West Ham and Rennes are progressing well, and both clubs are close to agreeing on a fee for the signing of Aguerd.

The Hammers have been keen to add to depth to the squad for a substantial amount of time now, and the left-sided centre-half has been identified as akey target’ for the club by Moyes.

The Verdict: Sensible signing

The 26-year-old is valued at £8.1m by Transfermarkt, but could cost the Irons around £20m according to the Telegraph, an affordable amount for a side competing on all frontiers again next season.

Moyes may look at Aguerd, who has been a regular for Rennes this season with 31 league starts and described as a “real boss” by French media, as a sensible signing, having witnessed first-hand the club’s struggles for fitness at the back.

The 6 foot 2 Morocco international could prove to be a solid addition to an already strong West Ham side, and could easily become a regular should he impress at the start of the season.

AND in other news: Alex Crook thinks West Ham is an option for Eddie Nketiah…

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