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Aguerd: Cashing In or Risky Gamble for West Ham?

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West Ham United are staring down the barrel of another summer reshuffle, with Nayef Aguerd, a big-money signing just two years ago, potentially heading for the exit door according to a report from The Sun,

Atletico Madrid’s reported interest in the defender sparks debate: should West Ham hold onto him or accept the cut-price offer?

There’s no denying Aguerd’s talent. He established himself as a vital part of the West Ham defence before his injury. Letting him go, especially with a Champions League club circling, weakens the backline.

New manager Julen Lopetegui might have different tactical plans. Perhaps Aguerd doesn’t fit his vision, making a potential sale more palatable. However, a proven defender is always valuable, and Lopetegui needs time to assess his squad fully.

The reported £20 million offer represents a £10 million loss for West Ham. While recouping some investment is better than none, it’s still a significant write-down. However, if Aguerd isn’t part of Lopetegui’s plans, holding onto him might disrupt team morale.

Letting Aguerd go is a gamble. West Ham can use the funds for reinforcements, but only if they find a suitable replacement. They need experience and quality in defence, especially with European aspirations.

The ideal scenario? Convincing Aguerd to stay and prove himself under Lopetegui. Otherwise, West Ham must ensure their transfer strategy is watertight before letting him go, or risk a defensive headache next season.

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  • Phil says:

    West Ham would be foolish to take a 10K hit on a player of his ability who is under a longer-term contract.
    In spite of some ‘iffy’ games, there are many positives to his play. He has vision and can play a good long-distance pass.
    I wonder if he would be more suited to a midfield rôle?

  • Jeeps says:

    Keep him and change position to left back.

  • Paul P. says:

    ! think we are all basing his value to us, on his performance during the worst period of the Moist reign and forgetting his history. He played very impressively, following his arrival, and i thought he would be a huge asset, the same as many others. What happened next, is beyond my comprehension. There seemed to be an “atmosphere” between him and Moist and that was the beginning of the end for him. I say, keep him, if he thinks he can settle in with the new Manager and his support team.

  • Colin J says:

    From that well known trusted source, The Sun! Why even bother reporting news from sources which everyone knows are unreliable at best and talk absolute nonsense at worst.

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