Report: West Ham turn attention to Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady as left-back solutions

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring for Norwich City against West Ham

The Hammers are considering moves for the Norwich pair after Aaron Cresswell's injury blow.

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring for Norwich City against West Ham

The injury blow to Aaron Cresswell has suddenly turned left-back into a problem position for West Ham United, and according to the London Evening Standard Slaven Bilic is considering raiding Norwich City for Martin Olsson and Robbie Brady as solutions.

Cresswell has been ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury sustained in a pre-season friendly, meaning he could miss almost a third of the season for the Hammers.

The 26-year-old has missed just one Premier League game in two years since his move to the club, and his absence leaves the Irons desperately searching for a solution.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Watford's Juan Paredes

Bilic is thought to be targeting relatively experienced left-backs to fill the void, and the Standard claims that he is ready to look to relegated Norwich to bring in reinforcements.

The Canaries have two left-sided players who would interested West Ham, in 28-year-old left-back Martin Olsson and 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international Brady.

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia in action with Norwich's Martin Olsson

Both players played large roles for the East Anglia side last term, with Brady missing only two Premier League matches, albeit often operating further forward in midfield.

West Ham may feel that the pair are worth a move; Olsson would provide good cover for Cresswell when the first-choice star returns from injury, whilst Brady would be an encouraging addition to the squad given his ability to play anywhere down the left.

However, while Olsson has just a single year left on his Norwich contract and would likely be available on the cheap, convincing the Canaries to part with Brady is likely to be another matter entirely.

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady scores their first goal

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