Aguerd has joined the Hammers for £30m on a five-year contract; Newcastle were also interested in the 26-year-old centre-back; the Hammers are also interested in signing Alphone Areola permanently. The Moroccan defender has signed a five-year contract with David Moyes' Hammers, in a deal that will cost the east Londoners around £30m, including add-ons. Aguerd is Moyes' first foray into the transfer window, as West Ham plan to improve their squad ahead of a season that will see them combine Premier League improvement with a first Europa Conference League campaign.
I was really excited when I heard about West Ham United's interest," said Aguerd. "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! I talked with the manager and he showed me that he was very interested, so it was easy to choose to come to West Ham." I am delighted to welcome Nayef to West Ham United," Moyes added. "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.