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Done deal: Moyes gets his man

West Ham have signed Nayef Aguerd from Rennes.

The club have confirmed the signing of the defender and have revealed that he has signed a five-year contract at the London Stadium.

Aguerd is capable of playing both as a centre-back and a left-back and will add both depth and quality to the Irons’ defensive ranks.

Moyes identified the Morocco international as a target before the window opened and has been focusing on getting the deal done; we understand the fee is in the region of £25m.

Aguerd joins after spending two years with Rennes and he will provide competition to the likes of Kurt Zouma, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, and Issa Diop.

He has already revealed his excitement at moving to the Hammers, saying: “I was really excited when I heard about West Ham United interest.

“When I heard about it, I knew I needed to go to the Premier League, because it’s a dream for every player.

“West Ham is a historic Club. I saw a few of their games this year, and I saw the fans and the atmosphere were fantastic, with the bubbles!

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“I talked with the manager and he showed me that he was very interested, so it was easy to choose to come to West Ham.”

And Moyes has welcomed the new boy, having spent the last month attempting to get the deal over the line.

He added: commenting: “I am delighted to welcome Nayef to West Ham United. We have tracked his progress for some time and I’m very pleased that we have been able to complete the signing. He’s a great addition that will add to our defensive options.

“I have been really impressed with Nayef’s character and attitude during our discussions. He has a great desire to improve and be successful, and I am sure he will fit in very well to the environment we have at Rush Green.”

West Ham would also like to sign Alphonse Areola permanently and there is interest in signing a forward player, along with at least one midfielder.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Done deal: Moyes gets his man

  1. Good news finally !!! I wonder if having another North African in the squad will help Benrahma also feel at home and play his best stuff, I like Benny as a character and he certainly tries hard to adapt to Moyes system, if we can get the best out of him and he can show the confidence he had when at Brentford he could elevate us, all we need now are a couple of decent strikers to give us more variety up front, a couple of midfielders and a left back, hopeing also Areola signs permanently or we get Pope.

  2. Our first signing of the season and zero comments hahaha. When it looked like Newcastle made a last minute bid there were 26 comments in about half an hour, all doom and gloom, whinging “Moyes Out”, “dithering Dave” etc, etc. Now there’s some good news there’s no-one to be seen. There’s either a lot of trolls on here or people who look for clouds in every sliver lining. Either way really solid signing and I’m excited to see who’s next.

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