How West Ham could line up next season with Jesse Lingard, Nayef Aguerd and James Ward-Prowse as Moyes splashes cash | The Sun
WEST HAM UNITED could have a whole new spine to their team if David Moyes manages to secure his top summer transfer targets.
The Hammers enjoyed a superb run to the Europa League semi-finals last season while also securing European qualification with a seventh-place Premier League finish.
And with the added matches of the Conference League to come, Moyes is wasting no time in adding to his squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.
West Ham have already splashed out £30million to Rennes for centre-half Nayef Aguerd.
The Moroccan star, 26, has joined on a five-year deal.
And he will now be challenging established defensive pairing Kurt Zouma and Craig Dawson for a starting spot.
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The club are also close to re-signing soon-to-be free agent Jesse Lingard.
The 29-year-old will leave boyhood club Manchester United at the end of this month, where he has spent the last 22 years.
West Ham have been itching to bring Lingard back to the London Stadium ever since his glittering loan spell in the second half of the 2020-21 season that led to him scoring nine goals and laying on five assists in just 16 games.
Now they are leading the chase to secure his signature, which could see him join their attack alongside the likes of Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio.
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Meanwhile, Declan Rice looks certain to stay but midfield partner Tomas Soucek’s future at West Ham is in doubt as the midfielder haggles over a new deal.
The tireless Czech — who is halfway through a four-year contract — was told last season that he is not getting a pay rise any time soon.
And the club could even be ready to listen to £30million offers for the 27-year-old.That has led to Moyes to look for a replacement, with Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse his top target, but he faces competition from both Newcastle and Man Utd for the England ace, 27.
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