West Ham fearful of last-ditch Newcastle bid for target Nayef Aguerd as Magpies eye double swoop from under the noses of the Hammers
- Newcastle United launch 11th-hour bid for West Ham target Nayef Aguerd
- Rennes defender is in London and set to undergo a medical at West Ham United
- Newcastle are hoping to snatch the defender from the clutches of the Hammers
- Magpies aiming for a double swoop as they try to tie up deal for Alphonse Areola
Newcastle United have launched a last-gasp bid to lure defender Nayef Aguerd from the clutches of West Ham United, according to a report.
Rennes Centre-back Aguerd is set to undergo a medical at West Ham as David Moyes looks to bolster his defensive options ahead of next season.
According to the London Evening Standard the Moroccan international has travelled to London and his transfer to the Hammers could be finalised by the end of the week.
Nayef Aguerd (left) has been in good form for Rennes and has attracted a host of suitors
West Ham are prepared to pay an initial fee of £20 million, with add-ons which could see the deal rise to around the £30m mark.
But Newcastle have reportedly entered the fray for the Moroccan and a late approach from the Magpies could deter the Rennes man from making a move to the London Stadium.
Should Newcastle pip the Hammers to the 26-year-old then it would serve as a big blow to David Moyes’ summer plans as he had been on the lookout for a left-footed centre-back for some time.
Moyes and his team have also spent time and resources scouting the player and negotiating terms with the Breton club.
Aguerd is a Moroccan international defender with 19 caps and one goal for his country
Newcastle are hoping to land PSG ‘keeper Alphonse Areola with West Ham also interested
Meanwhile, it could signal a double blow for West Ham if Newcastle seal the signing of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain.
Areola spent the 2021/22 season on loan at West Ham, going on to feature 18 times under Moyes as back up for Lukasz Fabianski.
West Ham are interested in Areola making a deal permanent for the Frenchman but Eddie Howe’s side are also keen on him.
RMC Sport report that Newcastle are making progress towards a deal for the 29-year-old shot-stopper despite West Ham currently holding an option to buy the player.
Areola is yet to agree personal terms with the Hammers but his £120,000-per week wages at the Parc des Princes could prove a stumbling block.
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