West Ham United centre-back Nayef Aguerd has been heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia this summer.

Nayef Aguerd joined West Ham United from Rennes in the summer of 2022 for around £30 million (Sky Sports).

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The 27-year-old suffered an injury during pre-season last year but returned to action just before the winter break for the World Cup.

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Initially, Aguerd really impressed for the Hammers but after a while, he looked rather shaky at times. His positional play is questionable and his decision making leaves a lot to be desired.

The West Ham fans seem to be split on the Moroccan right now. However, there is a very good reason why we should all be completely sold on him in my opinion…

Reported Nayef Aguerd twist is a really good sign for West Ham United in the modern game

Saudi club Al Ittihad want to sign the Hammers defender this summer, according to  Foot Mercato journalist Santi Aouna.

A recent report claimed that the club from the Saudi Pro League were prepared to offer Aguerd a whopping £500k-a-week but the defender actually tuned down their advances.

How refreshing is that to see in the modern era, when players are moving to foreign lands left right and centre for one big payday.

Reported Nayef Aguerd twist is a really good sign for West Ham United in the modern game
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Aguerd’s decision to knock back the advances from Saudi Arabia proves just how committed he is to West Ham.

That kind of attitude should be rewarded in my view. We should all give the Morocco international plenty of time to prove himself, and to eradicate the stupid errors from his game.

Sure, he may be frustrating at times but there is definitely a brilliant player in there somewhere – he just needs to refine his craft.

And Aguerd rejecting a move to Saudi proves that he’s more than deserving of our full support.


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