Report: West Ham keen on signing Alexander Buttner after Cresswell's injury

Alexander Buttner - Manchester United

West Ham have been linked with a move for left back Alexander Buttner.

Alexander Buttner - Manchester UnitedAlexander Buttner during his time at Manchester United

According to FOX Sports, West Ham United are interested in signing Dynamo Moscow left back Alexander Buttner after Aaron Cresswell's injury.

The Hammers suffered a major blow earlier this week, as they confirmed that star left back Cresswell will be out injured for up to four months having suffered knee ligament damage.

Sunderland's Phil Bardsley (L) in action with Manchester United's Alexander Buttner

That means that West Ham boss Slaven Bilic needs to be in the market for a new left back to fill in whilst Cresswell is on the treatment table, with a loan deal possibly the preferred route.

Now, FOX Sports Netherlands report that West Ham are looking at signing Dutchman Alexander Buttner, who may be remembered by some for having played for Manchester United.

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The 27-year-old joined United from Vitesse Arnhem back in 2012 in a shock move, but scored twice in five league games as he helped the Red Devils win the Premier League title during the 2012/13 campaign.

Now owned by Russian side Dinamo Moscow, Buttner spent the second half of last season on loan in Belgium with Anderlecht, and may again be available this summer.

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With Premier League experience, Buttner could be the ideal stop-gap signing for West Ham whilst Cresswell recovers, and the report claims that this isn't the first time Bilic has tried to sign Buttner.

It's stated that Bilic wanted to sign Buttner for Besiktas, and has now made the Dutchman one of his top choices to sign in Cresswell's absence, with the player's agent allegedly aware of interest from the Premier League, making this a potentially ideal move for the Hammers.

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