West Ham fear Newcastle will hijack Nayef Aguerd transfer at last minute with Rennes defender set for Hammers medical

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NEWCASTLE have reportedly made a late swoop for West Ham target Nayef Aguerd ahead of the defender’s proposed medical at the London Stadium.

SunSport revealed last month how the Hammers were closing in on the signing of the Rennes centre-back in a deal worth up to £30million.

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Morocco international Nayef Aguerd (right) is poised to swap Rennes for a move to England this summer[/caption]

It is understood that the Morocco international has flown into the English capital to undergo a medical this week.

David Moyes was keen to bring the 26-year-old to the club last year, but the Ligue 1 outfit refused to part ways with him.

And according to the Daily Star, the East London outfit could yet again miss out on the player’s signature.

They state that West Ham are fearful that the Magpies will hijack their move to sign Aguerd.

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That is because the Toon have launched a last-gasp bid to persuade him to make the move to St James’ Park instead.

And that is said to have made Aguerd to consider his options as he debates who to join.

It could be a double blow for West Ham as Newcastle are also looking to secure the services of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from under their nose.

Areola spent the 2021-22 season on loan with the Hammers, where he featured in 18 games in all competitions, though he appeared just once in the Premier League.

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Still, West Ham are keen to turn his temporary stay into a permanent switch after they left impressed by him.

However RMC Sport now claim Newcastle have entered the battle to sign him.

Though a deal may prove difficult as West Ham appear in pole position to sign Areola as they have the option to buy him for a rumoured £11m.

But with Newcastle’s increased financial power following their Saudi-backed £300m takeover, they could be able to offer the player and PSG more money.

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