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West Ham complete £30million transfer for Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd after failing to attempt to sign him last summer

WEST HAM finalize details of a £30m deal for Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd.

Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to expand his defensive options this summer and has long pursued 26-year-old Aguerd.

West Ham are closing in on £30million Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd

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The east Londoners tried to sign the Moroccan international last summer but Ligue 1’s Rennes refused to sell.

West Ham have met with the player and his representatives while talks with Rennes are being finalized down to the last detail.

The final deal could reach around £30m, with the Hammers now negotiating add-ons and clauses with the French side.

Moyes struggled through a defensive crisis last season, with his side reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League and finishing 7th in the Premier League.

Veteran defender Angelo Ogbonna suffered a season-ending cruciate ligament injury in West Ham’s win against Liverpool in November.

That result put West Ham third in the Prem but they struggled for consistency in the months following his injury – while Kurt Zouma was on the touchline twice during the season.

Craig Dawson also played at times through injury and Issa Diop struggled for form.

West Ham tried to sign Croatian Duje Caleta-Car from Marseille in January but couldn’t agree on a deal – but they are quick to try to sign Aguerd this summer.

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Moyes hopes to add a host of new faces as they push to return to the Europa League or even the Champions League next season.

A striker is a top priority as Chelsea’s Armando Broja and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins are hugely popular, while England duo James Ward-Prowse and Kalvin Phillips are both targets in midfield.

Moyes is also looking to add a left-back this summer as he looks to improve on Aaron Creswell.

The veteran full-back was key to West Ham’s rise under Moyes but was sent off twice in the Europa League knockout rounds, including in the semi-final defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt.

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