Cresswell was probably the lowest profile of all West Ham's signings last summer. But the diminutive ex-Tranmere left-back had performed so well in the Irons' flying first half of the season he was even being tipped for England recognition.
His excellent defensive displays, particularly in one-on-one situations against some of the Premier League's quickest wingers, pinpoint deliveries, and more recently against Stoke fantastic long-range free-kicks have seen him find a place in the hearts of the Hammers faithful.
The former Ipswich and Tranmere defender, who was on the books of Liverpool as a kid, cost the Hammers just over £3 million last summer. He has been an ever-present in the side since and is in line for the club's prestigious Hammer of the Year accolade.
But with the fine form and recognition comes speculation and talk of a big money move to mega rich rivals Chelsea and Manchester City has been rife from sources such as the Express in recent weeks.
Talk of a move died down amid claims the East Londoners would be holding out for more than £20 million. His current manager Sam Allardyce also told the Daily Star the Liverpudlian would be best served continuing his development at West Ham.
But now rumours of an official bed have resurfaced in the Metro. Newly-crowned Chelsea are once again linked as they look to bolster their squad ahead of their title defence.
However, Manchester City are said to be willing to 'do battle' with the Premier League champions for the 25-year-old as he would 'add to their quota of home-grown players'.