‘£30m deal in place’ as defender confirms Rennes exit after completing West Ham medical

Date published: Saturday 18th June 2022 3:14 - Jason Soutar

Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd challenges Kelechi Iheanacho

Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd has confirmed he will leave the French club this summer with a move to West Ham reportedly imminent.

A move to the London Stadium has been on the cards for weeks and Jacob Steinberg confirmed on Saturday that the Moroccan has completed his Hammers medical.

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David Moyes has been chasing a new central defender since January and he made a left-sided centre-half a ‘priority’ this summer.

Aguerd played 31 times in Ligue 1 last term and helped Rennes progress to the last 16 of the Europa Conference League before being knocked out by Leicester.

He will join West Ham for around £30m, with the deal set to be announced ‘early next week’.

The 26-year-old took to social media to confirm that he will be leaving Rennes this summer.

He told his Instagram followers (via GFFN): “It is with much emotion that I announce that I played my last game in black and red at Lille [on the last day of this season]. It was a difficult decision to make, having enjoyed so many wonderful moments here since I arrived at the club in August 2020…

“I gave everything from the first to the last, in matches and training, on and off the field – and I will always be your biggest supporter. I sincerely wish you all the best.”

Elsewhere, West Ham attacker Nikola Vlasic has been linked with a move this summer, with Hadjuk Split and Torino both interested.

The Hammers bought the Croatian from CSKA Moscow for £27m in August 2021 but he failed to impress last term.

Vlasic started 16 games across all competitions and scored one goal in a disappointing 2021/22 campaign.

Croatian outlet Dalmatinski have claimed that the 24-year-old’s former club, Hadjuk, want to re-sign him on loan in the summer transfer window.

However, it is believed that Torino is Vlasic’s ‘most promising option’ and also his ‘most likely’ destination.

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