“Aaron has had a good first season in the Premier League,” the Hammers head coach said. “He’s played every game and has shown a good level of consistency.
“What makes players like him attractive to the big clubs is that he is home-grown and squads must have eight of those in the Premier League and five in the Champions League.”
West Ham are in the position where the majority of their squad is made up of home-grown players, and so will never be restricted by the rules on foreigners. Most of their business is completed focusing on a home-grown basis, and Cresswell is the epitome of that transfer policy paying off.
As per the BBC, the left-back arrived from Championship side Ipswich Town for a £2 million fee, and his impressive performances - 32 games with two goals and four assists - have brought interest from Manchester City and Chelsea, according to the Mail.
They need to keep their homegrown quotas above the limit, or face severe penalties, and so rather than looking to the Championship themselves, they wait until players make the step up and then poach them from the clubs who gave them a chance.
It is an unfair system, and one that reduces any chance of success for the original buying club, and Allardyce is right to suggest that is why Cresswell is being targeted by the two Premier League giants.
Thankfully for West Ham, Cresswell still has four years left on his contract at the Boleyn Ground, and that means the Hammers have all the power in any potential transfer battle.