West Ham confident of first summer signing as talks continue with Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd

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West Ham are increasingly confident of making Rennes centre-back Nayef Aguerd their first major signing of the summer.

Talks have been progressing between the clubs and though no final agreement has yet been reached, it is expected that the Moroccan international will head to the London Stadium in a deal worth around €15million (£13m).

David Moyes has made signing a left-sided centre-back a priority this summer as he looks to bring balance to his defence and the 26-year-old fits the bill.

The Hammers were one of several clubs tracking Aguerd last summer before he opted to continue his development under Bruno Genesio at Rennes.

There had been some surprise in France when Aguerd made the switch from struggling Dijon to Rennes - who had just qualified for the Champions League for the first time - in the summer of 2020, but he has excelled in two seasons with the club, earning a reputation as one of Ligue 1’s most reliable defenders.

Aguerd, who already speaks English, has also gained experience against Premier League opposition, playing every minute of his side’s Europa Conference League clashes against Tottenham and Leicester this term, as well as featuring against Chelsea in last season’s Champions League group stage.

His expected arrival is likely to spell the end of Issa Diop’s West Ham career, with the club willing to listen to offers for the Frenchman, who has been linked with Lazio.

However, Moyes was desperate to make at least one addition at centre-back, with concerns over Angelo Ogbonna’s reliability as he returns from a serious knee injury at the age of 34, meaning there may yet be another arrival in the position, though a move for Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall now appears unlikely after Steve Cooper’s side won promotion in Sunday’s play-off final.

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