West Ham’s first signing of the summer is closing in on a medical but his arrival will still leave the club short of six first teamers.
With Nayef Aguerd now seemingly nailed on to sign at what the Evening Standard claims is for a fee of €20 million which can rise to €35 million with add ons and Angelo Ogbonna having signed a new deal we are now up to 19 – five 0f which are central defenders!
The Rennes player – having been away on international duty with Morocco – is now in London and understood to be set to take his medical.
One can only assume that Issa Diop – the youngest of the central defenders on the payroll – will be allowed to depart.
Aguerd’s arrival means that for successive seasons we have seen a central defender join as the marquee signing – as he was described to us by an insider …Zouma having of course having arrived last summer!
That he is left sided is a bonus although Oggy remains available for that side of the defence having been handed a new one year deal,
Anyway it’s a start one supposes assuming Alphonee Areola agrees a deal that would take the numbers op to 20.
Only a left back, striker and two or three midfielders would be required which may well mean that along with permanent signings we will be active in the loan market!