Liverpool and Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing West Ham United defender Nayef Aguerd.
The 27-year-old has just recently begun his second season at the London Stadium, but he has already made three appearances and scored one goal, which came in the 3-1 win over Chelsea.
Aguerd had previously experienced his best season of his career, helping Morocco go to the 2022 World Cup semifinals while originally recuperating from an injury.
The center-back played an important role in eight of West Ham’s appearances during that run, including the Europa Conference League final against Fiorentina. West Ham went on to win the competition.
Aguerd appeared certain to stay with the Hammers the entire summer, and that impression held true despite late interest from Saudi Arabian clubs.
Aguerd chose to remain in the capital since he had four years left on his contract and West Ham did not need to sell. However, it now seems that West Ham will soon have to fend off other interest.
The Sun claims that Liverpool and Man City are each keeping an eye on Aguerd’s 2023–2024 performances in preparation for potential future bids.
Aguerd is a left-footed defender, which is uncommon in central positions, and it seems as though any squad would gain from having him.
Due to the doubt around Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, Liverpool is the team with the greatest sense of urgency when it comes to bolstering in the middle of their backline.
Furthermore, Liverpool will eventually need a replacement for the Netherlands international because captain Virgil van Dijk is now 32 years old.
In the case of Manchester City, it appears that the region is low on their priority list because of how heavily stocked they are currently in central defense.
Ruben Dias, John Stones, Manuel Akanji, and Nathan Ake are already at the manager Pep Guardiola’s disposal, despite the fact that Josko Gvardiol essentially served as Aymeric Laporte’s successor in a straight-up capacity.
Even though Aguerd will turn 28 in March, West Ham would still demand more than the £30 million they spent on the player last year.