West Ham's potential 2022-23 XI following the signing of Nayef Aguerd
West Ham United have completed the signing of Morocco centre-back Nayef Aguerd from Ligue 1 side Rennes for £30m.
The Hammers have signed the 26-year-old left-sided defender on a five-year contract and Aguerd becomes David Moyes’ first signing in the summer transfer window.
The £30m transfer fee sees Aguerd become the fourth most expensive player the Hammers have signed, behind only Sebastian Haller, Felipe Anderson and Kurt Zouma.
After reaching last season’s Europa League semi-finals and finishing seventh in the Premier League – the signing of Aguerd is an early statement of intent by the Hammers in the transfer window.
Moyes will no doubt be targeting the Premier League’s top six once again and following the arrival of Aguerd, who has 25 caps for Morocco, and made 66 league appearances for Rennes, there could be other big-money signings heading for the London Stadium in the coming weeks.
TBR takes a look at West Ham’s potential 2022-23 XI.
West Ham’s potential 2022-23 XI
West Ham are interested in signing Frenchman Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal this summer after his season on loan from Paris Saint Germain.
Fabrizio Romano claims the Hammers are willing to pay €9m (£7.75m) for the goalkeeper, who kept eight clean sheets across his 18 appearances.
The three-time France international would hope to be Moyes’ number one and oust the 37-year-old Lukasz Fabianksi if he was signed on permanent deal.
The arrival of Aguerd could see the Moroccan partner Zouma at the heart of the West Ham defence which would mean that Craig Dawson has to drop to the bench following an impressive season.
Moyes will be hoping that Vladimir Coufal can rekindle his best form after enduring a frustrating season with injuries which hampered his form.
Aaron Cresswell will likely remain the first-choice left-back and his delivery from wide areas and threat from set pieces makes him a nailed on starter in Moyes’ team.
Declan Rice, who becomes the club’s first-team captain following the retirement of Mark Noble, and Tomas Soucek are likely to remain the Irons’ go to two-man midfield partnership.
Despite some of the Premier League’s top sides circling following Jarrod Bowen’s impressive season, West Ham believe they can stave off interest, according to 90min.
Following his release from Manchester United, the Daily Mail report the Irons have made Jesse Lingard an offer, and with the World Cup just months away – the attacking midfielder knows he needs regular first team football to impress Gareth Southgate.
Lingard knows that he would play and thrive at the London Stadium following his eye-catching loan spell during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign which brought nine goals and five assists.
Following Watford’s relegation to the Championship, it’s highly likely that the Hornets will cash in on Ismaila Sarr, who according to the Mirror, could be the subject of interest from the Hammers.
The African Cup of Nations winner would add depth and quality to West Ham’s wide areas and the former Rennes man still has plenty of time to improve with him being just 24.
Michail Antonio, who has scored 10 Premier League goals in his last three campaigns, could face stiff competition if West Ham do sign Sarr’s teammate Emmanuel Dennis.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham are in the race to sign the Nigerian along with Everton and Newcastle United. However, regardless of whether West Ham are successful in their pursuit of the former Club Brugge man, it wouldn’t ne a surprise to see Moyes start the season with Antonio as his main man.
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