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Nayef Aguerd - signed (30m)

West Ham United complete Nayef Aguerd transfer

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of Morocco international defender Nayef Aguerd.

The 26-year-old joins the Hammers from French Ligue 1 club Rennes on a five-year contract and adds further quality and depth to David Moyes’ squad. He will wear the No27 shirt.

Aguerd has enjoyed two impressive seasons with Rennes, enhancing the reputation he established at FUS Rabat, Dijon and with the Moroccan national team.

Now, the left-sided player will continue his career in the English Premier League, where his combination of talents will see him provide strong competition for Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.

“I was really excited when I heard about West Ham United's interest,” said Aguerd, an impressive individual who speaks fluent French, English, Arabic and Spanish.

“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!

“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.”

Aguerd was born in the city of Kénitra in the north of Morocco into a footballing family. His father played in the Moroccan top-flight, while his uncle Abdelmajid Bouyboud was capped 34 times and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals – an achievement his nephew could emulate in Qatar later this year.

As a boy, Aguerd represented local club KAC of Kénitra before being scouted and recruited to the national Mohammed VI Football Academy in the capital city of Rabat, where he spent four years playing alongside the likes of Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri.

In 2014, aged 18, he joined leading club Rabat FUS, making 12 appearances in his debut season and attracting the attention of a host of leading Spanish clubs.

After bulking up and working hard on his game, Aguerd then inspired FUS to their first-ever Moroccan Championship in May 2016, scoring a vital goal against Ittihad Tanger that all but clinched the title.

After scoring in the 2017 CAF Champions League and impressing regularly for FUS over the next two seasons, Aguerd joined French Ligue 1 club Dijon in 2018.

Two encouraging seasons for Les Rouges led to a transfer to Rennes, where he started the club’s first-ever UEFA Champions League match at home to Russian side Krasnodar and featured in four of six group-stage fixtures in the autumn of 2020.

Aguerd has thrived at Roazhon Park, making 66 Ligue 1 appearances and helping Rennes qualify for Europe in each of the last two seasons. He scored twice in seven UEFA Europa Conference League appearances and started 31 Ligue 1 games as Rennes finished fourth last term.

At international level, the defender was capped at U20 and U23 level before making his senior debut against Albania in August 2016. Two years later, he helped Morocco win the African Nations Championship on home turf.

He is now a regular in the Atlas Lions’ starting XI with 25 senior caps and was an ever-present in Morocco’s successful 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign and run to the 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Nayef to London Stadium and wish him all the best for his career in Claret and Blue.

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chedylan 2 4:14 Tue Jul 26
Re: Nayef Aguerd - signed (30m)
from 3 days before:

CandH has learned this afternoon that the club medics believe there is no serious damage and are reasonably certain that the central defender will be available for what could be his toughest 90 minutes of the season against Erling Haaland


Side of Ham 2:32 Tue Jul 26
Re: Nayef Aguerd - signed (30m)
Your sources for things like this are usually right aren’t they North? so that is good news….

Lee Trundle 2:20 Tue Jul 26
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Kinda good news then, Norf.

I was expecting a little longer seeing how fucked he looked coming off.

Norflundon 12:57 Tue Jul 26
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Been told it was only a minor op and they expect him back in training in 4 weeks obviously he’ll of missed preseason so can’t imagine we’ll see him ready till end of September at the earliest

13 Brentford Rd 11:39 Tue Jul 26
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The olde injury curse is back to haunt our CBs. Can't sell Diop now. Zouma is bound to pick up more injuries, Dawson is injured and another along with Ogbonna who's getting on.
Thought it a strange decision to offer Oggy, at his age another year after such a serious injury.
I wouldn't have sold Diop in any case. He's shown that he's a very good defender previously, is still young and is reliable fitness wise and we will clearly need him.

RoyalDocksGK 11:26 Tue Jul 26
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I don't think we'll be seeing him until after the world cup.

fraser 10:19 Tue Jul 26
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Wd40- ffs this isn't people criticising the club, so no need for you to defend it

wd40 10:09 Tue Jul 26
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Got injured getting stuck in while training.
Sounding good to me.

Look on the positive side for once maybe.

Jimmy Neighbour 9:45 Tue Jul 26
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It's normal for us to be pessimistic and to fear the worse, but they are saying the op went well and the timescale is 3 months. it's when they say no timescale of 6-9 months is when it could be really bad. no reason why he can't come back just as strong, not that i'm an ankle ligament expert!

fraser 9:38 Tue Jul 26
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If only there had been a left back available who could play centre back too..............

Full Claret Jacket 9:34 Tue Jul 26
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The injury is an absolute disaster. Very hard to recover from ankle problems. The injury was caused by his bad touch and desire to make up for it. I honestly think the club is cursed.

Travelling Iron 9:25 Tue Jul 26
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So all you know alls questioning why we were chasing so many centre halfs and not a striker must be eating your hats now!

Lato 9:19 Tue Jul 26
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We have been here before.......Simon Webster, Richard Hall....

fraser 8:56 Tue Jul 26
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Ogbonna may not be ready for a while, it is very risky. We're another injury to Zouma away from a disaster.. Maybe a loan..

legrandefromage 8:56 Tue Jul 26
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Waiting for someone to suggest that Scamacca could fill in at centre back in an emergency

Jimmy Neighbour 8:53 Tue Jul 26
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Take your point, but I suspect Dawson and Og will be 'ready' or whatever term one wishes to use, soon enough, and as big a blow as it is with Aguerd 3 months isn't that long a time, assuming that timescale is correct. I just can't see us spending what's left of the budget on another CB which would take the count up to 6.

fraser 8:53 Tue Jul 26
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Out till November and then it's the world Cup. If we get through to the conference league that's 16 league games, 8 Europe plus league Cup.. Think we're definitely going to need a cb.

Kaiser Zoso 8:52 Tue Jul 26
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fraser 8:43 Tue Jul 26
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I'm not sure we are OK for centre backs.. Ogbonna not ready, Dawson not appeared yet in pre season and two games a week if we get into the conference group stages.

legrandefromage 8:28 Tue Jul 26
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Does the (30m) in the thread title represent the amount of minutes he will play?

Jimmy Neighbour 3:45 Tue Jul 26
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You literally couldn't make it up, absolutely fucking horrible news, and why does it always seem to be worse case with us? First and foremost you have to feel for the player, he must be in bits. The only small consolation is we are ok for CB's, can't see Diop leaving now. Gutted.

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