West Ham United’s 24-year-old left back Aaron Cresswell is being linked with a transfer to Man City after impressing in his debut Premier League season.
The player is just one year into a five-year contract with the Upton Park side, but his performances have been so consistent that the Mirror have reported that City are looking into the possibility of signing the former Ipswich defender.
City’s current left backs Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov have failed to impress this season, and with both aged 29, the Manchester side are prepared to listen to offers for the pair and are looking at replacements.
City are rumoured to be looking at Cresswell for more than just his solid performances in his first season of top flight football, the fact that Cresswell is an English player means that he would occupy a place in the ‘home-grown quota’ of City’s squad.
The team have manipulated this rule in recent years by signing promising British talent and leaving them on the fringes of the squad, Scott Sinclair, Adam Johnson and Jack Rodwell have paid the price of City needing a certain amount of English players on the books.
Cresswell may be interested in a move to a top side challenging for honours and competing in European football, but those around the player may recommend he avoid the switch in preference of first team football.
Hammer of the Year
The bargain signing of the summer at just £2million, he has been an excellent addition to the Hammers team and is yet to miss a Premier League minute for the East London side.
Plenty of fans will be voting for Cresswell as their Hammer of the Year as he has been the most consistent player in a side that started the season so positively but since January has endured some bad luck leaving West Ham languishing in mid-table obscurity.
The club are not too worried with the defender having four years remaining on his contract, but will want to stop clubs like City sniffing around the prized asset and are looking to open talks over a new contract to reflect his growing status with the side.
Cresswell is a top contender for for West Ham’s player of the year award and should also be considered an option for the Premier League signing of the season.