West Ham United have signed Newcastle target Nayef Aguerd from Stade Rennais for £30 million.
The Hammers have got their man, despite the Magpies making two attempts to sign the Moroccan international according to 90min.com.
Aguerd really impressed last season in Ligue 1, giving him the reputation as one of the best centre-backs in that league. With the Magpies struggling to sign Sven Botman, they saw him as another strong alternative.
Newcastle’s defensive options need improving with Dan Burn and Fabian Schar being the go-to duo. But, unfortunately, West Ham were able to sign Aguerd. The Hammers were fearful when Newcastle tried to sign Aguerd, but the 26-year-old clearly was more than happy to make the move to London.
Newcastle should try and get Botman wrapped up, but there are other alternatives
It was always going to be difficult for Newcastle to try and sign Aguerd. The Hammers were working away to land him for quite a while. Trying to hijack the deal so late on was going to be a challenge.
Newcastle’s defensive options would be greatly improved should they land Botman. But it appears that the Dutchman has his heart set on a move to AC Milan. Having said that, Amanda Staveley still hopes they can still sign the centre-back.
However, there are other alternatives out there. For example, they could revisit their pursuit of Benoit Badiashile. He’s been linked with the Magpies in the past. Also, he’s another promising Ligue 1 prospect with a lot of excitement around him.
I think there’s still optimism around Sven Botman – the funds Newcastle possess means they can compete with AC Milan. If Lille wants £36million for the 22-year-old who already has a Ligue 1 winners medal to his name, then Newcastle should pay it.
West Ham signing Aguerd is not the end of the world for the Magpies. There are other alternatives and the Botman deal is definitely not dead on the water.