Report: Bilic keen on veteran replacement for injured Cresswell, despite eyeing Charlie Taylor

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

West Ham United have been dealt a blow with Aaron Cresswell's injury.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic will pursue an experienced replacement for injured left back Aaron Cresswell.

The Hammers have been dealt a huge blow this evening, as they confirmed on their official website that Cresswell has been ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy FerWest Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy Fer

Cresswell has been a key player for West Ham ever since his move from Ipswich Town in 2014, and he will be hard to replace for manager Bilic - especially considering that backup left back Stephen Hendrie has been sent out on loan to Blackburn Rovers.

West Ham must now search for another left back in the transfer market, and the Daily Mail report that manager Bilic is considering his options, with a veteran left back likely to be targeted.

Leeds United's Charlie TaylorLeeds United's Charlie Taylor

The report claims that West Ham have had an interest in signing Walsall's Rico Henry or Leeds United star Charlie Taylor, who has become one of the Championship's left backs over the last 18 months.

Taylor, 22, looks destined to play in the Premier League, and it's claimed that West Ham were interested in moving for him just as they did for his former Leeds team-mate Sam Byram in January - but instead, Bilic wants to land a more experienced left back.

Rico Henry of Walsall (L) in action with Robbie Weir of Burton AlbionRico Henry of Walsall (L) in action with Robbie Weir of Burton Albion

It's claimed that Bilic will pursue is likely to pursue a veteran left back on loan to plug the gap until Cresswell returns at the end of 2016, tiding the Hammers over until then whilst also bringing in experienced cover for the remainder of the campaign - though no names are stated regarding his targets.

Napoli's Ivan Strinic would be a sensible option having worked with Bilic on the international stage with Croatia, and given that he's second choice behind Faouzi Ghoulam with Napoli, a season-long loan deal could work well for all parties.

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