West Ham have confirmed the signing of Morocco defender Nayef Aguerd from French side Rennes on a five-year deal.
The 26-year-old, who has been capped 25 times by his country, is believed to have cost £29.8m and his arrival ends manager David Moyes’s search for a left-footed centre-back. Aguerd will provide competition for Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma at the club.
“I am delighted to welcome Nayef to West Ham United,” Moyes said. “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’s training ground].”
Aguerd began his career with FUS Rabat in his homeland before moving to France in 2018 to join Dijon and then transferring to Rennes in 2020. “I was really excited when I heard about West Ham United’s interest,” he said. “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. It was easy to choose to come to West Ham.”