West Ham will face a battle to keep hold of one key player in the summer.
Despite a poor run of form in the last few weeks, West Ham have enjoyed a prosperous season, and there is one player who has truly excelled.
Although the likes of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Stewart Downing have been praised for their importance to Sam Allardyce’s team, it has been the presence of one summer signing who has really made a name for himself.
Left-back Aaron Cresswell arrived at the Boleyn Ground in the summer, signing from Ipswich Town for a £4 million fee. He has made 32 appearances this term, and the 25-year-old has been linked with earning a place in the next England squad.
Noted for his attacking ability, as well as defensive solidity, there is no doubt that Cresswell has become one of the most in-demand transfer targets in the Premier League. As per the London Evening Standard, Manchester City have been eyeing him up ahead of a summer transfer, but West Ham, who agreed a five-year contract with Cresswell upon his signing, have no fears about losing him.
Although City could far outweigh any monetary offer that West Ham provide Cresswell, a report in that same Standard article claims that the East London club will not be offering him a new deal, so they do not have to increase his wages.
It is stated that the club have no current plans to offer the full-back a new contract, and will be holding off before opening talks with Cresswell.
This might open a door for City to move for him in the summer, but, with four years still on his deal, the Manchester club will have to pay through the roof for the potential England international.