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West Ham transfer news: Hammers reignite interest in former target Nayef Aguerd in cut-price deal

Moussa Dembele, Nayef Aguerd

West Ham are once again looking into the signing of Nayef Aguerd this summer, with the defender now available for a more affordable fee of £20million. 

Aguerd has been on David Moyes’ watchlist for some time now, with West Ham even making a bid for the player last summer. A move, however, didn’t come to fruition as talks between the player and the clubs couldn’t progress to the latter stages.

The 26-year-old ended up signing a new deal after the failed transfer, which tied Aguerd down until 2025.

Aguerd has since explained why he rejected a move to the London Based club

“I told myself I still had a year left to prove myself,” he said to Ouest France.

“When you’re a player, you’re under contract, it’s the club that chooses (whether you stay or go). They didn’t want me to leave, even if I had offers.

“They chose to extend (my contract) by showing me that I was important to the club, in the dressing room. I signed directly and showed that I was part of the project.”

According to a report from The Telegraph, Moyes’ team are, however, ready to go back in for the Morocco international.

The Hammers are not the only ones chasing the acquisition of Aguerd however. The Telegraph have further reported that a whole host of other Premier League clubs are vying for his transfer.

Why West Ham want Aguerd

The centre-back has been in stellar form this season, according to WhoScored he has averaged a rating of 6.87 in all competitions. This is a slightly higher rating than Issa Diop’s, who has averaged a 6.70 throughout the season.

Aguerd stands at 6ft 2 which is an inch taller than Craig Dawson. The centre-back also has many of the same qualities that Dawson brings to the table.

The Morocco international has pinpoint passing and his technique is second to none.

His aerial capabilities are also a sight to behold, according to WhoScored. He wins on average 3.0 aerial duels a game which showcases his capability in the air.

The defender is, however, left-footed so he may be more suited to replacing Angelo Ogbonna in the future.

When the 26-year-old has featured, he has often been used in a defensive four which suits the Hammers’ style of play.

Where West Ham must strengthen

Moyes’ team are on course to be partaking in another European campaign next year.

The only problem is the depth in their squad. In order to stay competitive in both the league and European football they must make additions this summer.

Moyes himself has even admitted his team needs bolstering.

“I think yes. But you have to remember that not all signings work and you can think of lots of clubs who have spent lots of money and it hasn’t worked,” he said via the Evening Standard.

“Quite often it is an easy thing to just say you need more signings

“It takes quite a lot of thought in trying to get the right player with the right character who fits what you want to do, and trying to spend the money the West Ham supporters have put into the club as wisely as I possibly can.”

West Ham have also been linked with other players to bolster their defensive ranks and a lot of change is expected to come.