Bilic shoud pursue West Ham reunion with Napoli left back Ivan Strinic after Cresswell injury

Croatia's Ivan Strinic in action

West Ham are in the market for a new left back - and Ivan Strinic fits the bill perfectly.

Croatia's Ivan Strinic in actionCroatia's Ivan Strinic in action

West Ham United were dealt a major blow earlier this week, as star left back Aaron Cresswell was ruled out for up to four months with knee ligament damage.

Cresswell has been a mainstay of the West Ham side ever since his arrival from Ipswich Town in 2014, missing just one Premier League game in the last two seasons.

Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu in action with Croatia's Ivan StrinicTurkey's Hakan Calhanoglu in action with Croatia's Ivan Strinic

With no cover for the 26-year-old after Stephen Hendrie's loan move to Blackburn, it's imperative that West Ham move to sign another left back before next month's transfer deadline.

A recent report from the Daily Mail claimed that, rather than sign a young left back, manager Slaven Bilic wants to bring in an experienced option - and Napoli's Ivan Strinic should be on his wish list.

Croatia's Ivan Strinic in action with Portugal's Joao MarioCroatia's Ivan Strinic in action with Portugal's Joao Mario

Strinic - who was heavily linked with a move to West Ham by Sky Sports back in 2014 - was a solid performer for Croatia during this summer's European Championships, and a reunion with Bilic could be appealing.

The left back was handed his international debut by Bilic back in 2010, and became a regular in the Croatia squad from then on, establishing himself as a dependable player for the Croatian national team.

- Croatia's Ivan Strinic reacts after the match

At 29, Strinic has the experience that Bilic is looking for, and given that he's largely the backup to Faouzi Ghoulam at Napoli - Strinic made just three league starts last season - he may fancy the chance to play some football this season.

A loan deal until January would be ideal for West Ham given that Cresswell should be back in 2017, and given Bilic's history as well as the desired experience that Strinic brings, it would be little surprise to see the Hammers make a move for the Croatian this summer.

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