West Ham United have opened preliminary talks with Rennes central defender Nayef Aguerd as they eye defensive reinforcements [Football Insider].
The Lowdown: West Ham get ready for the 2021/22 season
Moving into 2021/22, many onlookers will be intrigued to see how David Moyes goes about improving his sides noteworthy sixth placed finish last term.
Enjoying a quiet transfer window as of yet, the Hammers have made just a solitary first-team acquisition in the form of ex-Watford man Craig Dawson [West Ham United FC Official].
Now, they could be set to add a second summer signing following recent reports.
Would Aguerd be an ideal signing for West Ham United?
The Latest: Hammers open preliminary talks with Aguerd; also keen on Funes Mori
Presently, the Irons are said to have entered into tentative discussions with 25-year-old stopper Aguerd according to a source at the club [Football Insider].
Communication is already underway regarding a permanent deal for the Morocco international, whilst Moyes is also monitoring former Everton centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori [Football Insider].
Aguerd and Funes Mori are both also capable of filling in on the left-hand side of defence, something that is said to be a crucial factor in their respective pursuits.
The Verdict: Aguerd would be a solid signing
While he may not be a household name, the Moroccan stopper would be a savvy piece of business from the London Stadium hierarchy.
In 2020/21, he was a pillar of consistency with 40 appearances across the campaign, registering four goal contributions; three goals and one assist [Transfermarkt].
Furthermore, his distribution makes him ideally suited to life in a Premier League side hoping to make further strides as a top team rather than scrapping in mid-table. Across the 20/21 campaign, he recorded a commendable 90.1% passing accuracy, which illustrates his effectiveness starting up attacks from deep [WhoScored].
Once labelled as “a very good player with still a lot of room for improvement” by pundit Florent Balmont, the Hammers should look to snap up the 6 foot 2 ace ahead of the forthcoming campaign [Tellereport].
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