Hammers boss David Moyes says £30m man Nayef Aguerd could make his West Ham debut against Silkeborg and lifts the lid on transfer secret.

West Ham splashed out £170m on eight quality signings in the summer.

And £30m of that was spent on West Ham’s first arrival of the window, Morocco star Aguerd from Rennes.

Unfortunately West Ham fans and manager Moyes have not seen much of the left-footed centre-back since.

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The 26-year-old required ankle surgery after an injury in only his second West Ham appearance of pre-season against Rangers at Ibrox.

In Moyes’ own words – Aguerd is seen as one of West Ham’s most important signings of the window and fundamental to what the Scot is trying to build in this new-look Hammers side.

Aguerd recently started light training alone as part of his rehabilitation but was not expected back until – at the very best – the end of October or beginning of November.

Moyes has said in recent press conferences that he is unlikely to risk Aguerd in any Premier League games before the World Cup.

At the weekend Moyes said next Thursday’s game against FCSB in Romania would be Aguerd’s most likely first competitive Hammers appearance.

Now Moyes says £30m man Aguerd could make his long-awaited West Ham debut against Silkeborg and lifts the lid on his transfer secret.

The Hammers boss says Aguerd could well play on Thursday night against the Danish side at the London Stadium.

And the Scot claims he rates Aguerd so highly that he has been trying to sign him for two years.

“He’s (Aguerd) not in contention for Sunday (against Man United) but could (play) tomorrow,” Moyes said in his pre-Silkeborh presser (Football.London).

“He’s a really good footballer, plays the game really well, good in the air. We see a lot of good aspects about him. It’s really difficult for us to give an overall judgement.

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“I think our U21s were at home at the weekend, we could’ve done. He’s keen, well liked in the group. We think he’s a really stylish footballer and we’ll hope he can help us going forward. He’ll go to play for Morocco at the World Cup.

“You’ve got to remember we tried to sign him two years ago. He will give us natural left-footed balance. Over the years, if you look at how well Angelo Ogbonna has done, has been brilliant. I’m seeing Nayef hopefully gving us something that we’ve not had.”

What brilliant news and let’s hope if Aguerd does feature he comes through unscathed.

Because goodness knows West Ham are going to need him if they want to seriously push for the top six again and try to win the Conference League this season.


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