By Daniel Feliciano

27th Jul, 2022 | 10:40am

West Ham United back in the market for a defender after Nayef Aguerd injury

West Ham are back in the transfer market for a central defender after summer signing Nayef Aguerd underwent ankle surgery, according to Daily Mail.

The Hammers signed Aguerd in a £30m deal earlier this summer from Rennes and he was set to start the season as first-choice centre-back alongside Kurt Zouma.

However after limping off injured against Rangers in a pre-season friendly, West Ham confirmed that he had undergone ankle surgery and ExWHUemployee has reported that the club are fearful he could be out until after the World Cup.

Now a report by the Daily Mail [July 27] claims that David Moyes is to turn his attentions back to the transfer market for another centre-back after the news.

The club have been linked with a series of central defenders in the past that they could return for, although no names are mentioned in the article.

Blow

Centre-back was a position that Moyes clearly prioritised this summer, as shown by the fact he made Aguerd the first signing of the window.

However his injury and subsequent news that he could miss the first half of the season is a massive blow to the club’s plans for the new season, and Moyes has had to re-think his ideas.

Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna are now likely to compete to start alongside Zouma, while Issa Diop is also still at the club despite interest from Fulham and Lyon in a transfer away.

Moyes is known to want to add a central midfielder and a left-back to the squad for the new season too, but the budget could now be stretched with another need for a defender.

If the club are capable of getting a loan deal done to keep their finances in check then it’s possible things won’t have to change too much, but whether that’s possible or not we won’t know.