Nayef Aguerd, a former target of Manchester City, may be sold by West Ham United during the January transfer window, according to reports.
Back in September, there were rumours that the Manchester United and Liverpool both had admiration for the Moroccan center-half, leading to links between the two teams.
The two north-west teams may not have to wait until the end of the season to sign the Hammers player, despite reports that they were considering a summer move for him.
The east London club is reportedly open to bids for Aguerd and may be willing to let him go this month if they receive a good offer and can find a replacement, according to a recent Evening Standard story.
The centre back was only acquired by West Ham at £30 million during the summer transfer window of 2022 from Rennes.
Subsequently, the 27-year-old has participated in 51 games for the Hammers in all competitions, contributing four goals throughout that time.
Regarding Aguerd’s skill with the ball, David Moyes called him a “stylish” player about a year ago.
Kurt Zouma (82) is the only West Ham player who has cleared more ground in the Premier League this season than the Morocco international (70) in terms of production off the ball.
The fact that City has only kept five clean sheets in the Premier League this season suggests to us that, even though Pep Guardiola already has a sizable defence in his lineup, Aguerd’s possible arrival this month would increase competition for a spot in the team and force the current Blues defenders to work harder.
Considering all of that, we believe that, should City decide they believe Aguerd could be a valuable addition to the team, it might be worthwhile for them to approach the Hammers this month to find out what kind of fee they could need to secure a deal for him.