West Ham could reportedly be braced to lose both Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd during the January transfer, in a concerning new update.
The Hammers have become a formidable Premier League side under David Moyes, building on last season’s UEFA Europa Conference League triumph back in June.
It has been an impressive start to the campaign by West Ham, who currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, picking up wins against the likes of Chelsea and Brighton.
Moyes has added top-quality options all over the pitch, using the Declan Rice money wisely during the summer transfer window, and they have become a difficult team to break down defensively.
A lot of that is down to Zouma and Aguerd, who have forged a strong partnership at the heart of the defence, but it could now be that their time at the London Stadium is coming to an end.
According to a new update from Football Insider, West Ham could consider accepting offers for the centre-back pair in January:
“West Ham are braced for offers for first-choice centre-back partnership Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd in the January window, sources have told Football Insider.
“It is believed both players are the subject of big-money interest from Saudi Pro League clubs as the mid-season window approaches.
“A well-placed source has told Football Insider that West Ham boss David Moyes would be ‘desperate’ to replace either player should they quit for the Middle East.”
Losing both Zouma and Aguerd in the winter transfer window is something that would be a massive blow for West Ham, considering what a dependable duo they have become, only failing to start one Premier League game between them this season.
A good centre-back pairing is vital for any team and for the Hammers to suddenly see theirs evaporate midway through the campaign could significantly hamper their chances of a good finish in the league, not to mention going far in the Europa League.
The hope is that Zouma and Aguerd will ignore the advances of other clubs and at least stay put until the end of the campaign, but if one or both do move on, it is essential that tailor-made replacements are signed immediately.