West Ham have confirmed the signing of Rennes defender Nayef Aguerd in a deal worth £30million.
The Hammers beat Newcastle United to the 26-year-old Morocco international centre-back, a long-term target of their manager David Moyes.
Aguerd was wanted by West Ham last summer but opted to continue in Brittany where he enjoyed another excellent campaign in 2021-22, making 40 appearances across all competitions.
West Ham have completed the £30m signing of Moroccan defender Aguerd from Rennes
Aguerd becomes the first signing for West Ham this summer after they beat Newcastle to him
He also played every minute of Morocco’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign earlier this year, before falling to Egypt in the quarter-finals.
Moyes will hope Aguerd’s arrival will bolster his defensive ranks as they face another gruelling campaign next term following their qualification for the Europa Conference League.
The club were fearful that Newcastle would make a last-ditch swoop to sign Aguerd but the deal has now been concluded after he completed a medical.
Aguerd is the Hammers’ first signing of the summer and they remain keen on Southampton and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse.
Hammers manager David Moyes will be delighted to strengthen his defensive options
Aguerd (left) established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in France last season
Aguerd’s arrival could signal the departure of Issa Diop who has a year left on contract and struggled for form at times last season.
Kurt Zouma also had a couple of spells on the sidelines last season while Craig Dawson struggled with fitness.
Aguerd previously played for FUS Rabat in his homeland and then Dijon before signing for Rennes in August 2020.
He helped them finish sixth in the Ligue 1 table in his first season, earning qualification to the new Europa Conference League.
And they performed even more impressively last season, finishing sixth to make the Europa League. They were only three points off third-placed Monaco and Champions League football.