Former West Ham defender Jose Fonte has offered a thrilling look at their latest signing Nayef Aguerd, saying he ‘loves everything about him’.
The Moroccan centre-back has arrived from Rennes in a deal that could reach £30million, marking a signal of intent from Davis Moyes after a memorable season.
West Ham went all the way to the Europa League semi-finals but lost to Eintracht Frankfurt – the eventual winners – but were disrupted during the run-in with injuries to their back four.
Angelo Ogbonna missed most of the season with an ACL injury in November, while Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop also missed playing time.
Aguerd is far from a deep signing, however, with Lille captain Fonte joining talkSPORT in heaping praise on the 26-year-old.
“Very, very good central defender, I like him a lot,” enthused Fonte.
“I always liked his game, very good left foot, very good at giving balls between the lines, starting the game from behind, he’s fast, he’s good in the air, he’s aggressive.
“I love everything about him, I’ve always had an eye on him so they should be very excited about him, very, very good player.”
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Fonte, who was a Southampton regular on either side of spells with Crystal Palace and West Ham, feels positive about the Hammers after a year in which they set the bar high.
The club have been heavily linked with Saints striker Armando Broja who is on loan from Chelsea, as well as exciting Hull City youngster Keane Lewis-Potter.
When asked if West Ham could improve on last season, Fonte said: “I hope so, it’s just the natural progression.
“They’ve signed some very, very good players, they’ve built themselves up, and if they can keep Declan [Rice] and the players they have will continue to improve and it’s natural to improve on what they did last year.
“It’s never easy, but it’s possible and if they keep adding players like Aguerd, they will definitely be closer to it.”
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