West Ham United have been monitoring Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd, with The Athletic intimating that there could well be “late drama” in this January transfer window.
Their report claimed: “Nayef Aguerd is a player the club have already monitored. In the summer, they were interested in signing the Rennes defender but it proved to no avail. The Morocco defender is 25, left-footed and a goalscoring centre-back.
“This season he has scored four goals in 25 appearances for the French side. The only issue is he used West Ham’s interest as leverage to secure an improved contract, which doesn’t expire until the summer of 2025.
“While a move to the London Stadium for Aguerd appears unlikely, we have seen many deals reach an impasse only for there to be late drama in the window.”
Aguerd has been a regular for Rennes this season in Ligue 1, playing every single game in the top flight except their last fixture before the winter break against AS Monaco.
An analytical piece done by The Athletic noted how the defender “is composed with the ball and keeps possession at a very high rate”, while also being “very strong in the air — both in open play and from set pieces.”
In fact, as per WhoScored, Aguerd has actually won the most aerial duels of any player in Ligue 1 since the start of last season with 188, while second-placed Sven Botman way down the line on 148.
Crucially for Moyes, the Moroccan also seems to be the right kind of character who would fit in well at the London Stadium.
Former Rennes manager Julien Stephan said: “He is a cerebral person, who thinks a lot and is attentive, constantly in the exchange and in the sharing. He is someone very simple, full of humility and who shows a great desire to progress.”
The £25m-rated colossus could well be a shrewd signing for the Hammers if they can pull it off this month. West Ham fans should be excited over a potential swoop for the centre-back.