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Marseille Eyes Aguerd on Loan

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Earlier reports revealed Marseille’s interest in signing West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd. Club director Medhi Benatia is said to be leading the pursuit, aiming for a loan deal with a purchase option.

Hakim Zhouri, the journalist who broke the story, has spoken to sources close to Aguerd. These sources reveal Aguerd’s openness to leaving West Ham due to a decline in playing time. While injuries have played a part, he’s fallen out of manager David Moyes’ starting rotation.

West Ham reportedly isn’t opposed to Aguerd’s departure. With other defenders ahead of him in the pecking order, a loan move could be considered.

West Ham invested €35 million to acquire Aguerd, and his current market value is estimated at €38 million. Therefore, Marseille will need to make a substantial offer, potentially an obligation to buy after the loan, to convince West Ham.

The situation is still in its early stages. The final structure of the deal (loan with option or obligation to buy) remains undecided.

Overall, Aguerd’s lack of playing time at West Ham has opened the door for a potential loan move to Marseille. However, Marseille will need to convince West Ham with a financially attractive offer to secure the defender.

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