West Ham United co-owner is on a personal mission to get £16m rated Nayef Aguerd signed.

The Hammers are reportedly close to appointing Rob Newman – Man City’s head of international scouting and recruitment since 2008 – as their new football director.

But before that, Sullivan – who has been acting as West Ham’s de facto DoF since the departure of Mario Husillos – is making it his goal to get David Moyes the new centre-back he wants.

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West Ham linked with Rennes and Morocco defender Aguerd

That’s according to a new report from Football Insider.

Moyes is desperate to sign a new defender after the departure of Fabian Balbuena left the Hammers with just three senior centre-backs.

West Ham have been linked with Aguerd over the last week or so with the Rennes and Morocco star said to be valued at £16m (Sport360).

Not only is the 25-year-old a centre-back, but he can also play at left-back – another position Moyes needs to strengthen.

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Sullivan on personal mission to get versatile £16m man signed before new DoF takes over?

Football Insider says Sullivan is leading the negotiations to get Aguerd signed.

“A West Ham source has told Football Insider that chairman David Sullivan is spearheading the club’s pursuit of Aguerd after he was identified as a top target,” Football Insider reports.

“The potential fee being discussed is around the £15-16m mark.

“The Irons are prepared to pay a significant sum for a centre-back ahead of the new Premier League season and Aguerd talks are ongoing.”

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New name in the frame suggests DoF in waiting may already be having an influence in the background?

West Ham had been heavily linked with the likes of Nikola Milenkovic, Duje Caleta-Car and James Tarkowski this summer.

But over the last few days Aguerd’s name has suddenly entered the frame.

Could it be that West Ham’s football director in waiting, Newman, is already having an influence and feeding the club players to target? Time will tell.

In other West Ham news, video shows West Ham star training hard despite being given extra time off.

And all three of the club’s long-awaited new kits have been leaked on social media.

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