West Ham United were dealt with a huge blow last month as Aaron Cresswell suffered a devastating knee injury during the pre-season encounter against Karlsruher and it is feared that the defender could be missing for up to six months.
The loss of a key player such as Cresswell is most certainly a huge blow for West Ham and the Hammers are currently in the market to sign a new left-back as a replacement for the 26-year-old (The Daily Mirror).
Recently, reports from Italy claimed that West Ham had agreed a deal to sign Palermo defender Achraf Lazaar for a fee believed to be in the region of around £3.3 million but the transfer has evidently not come into fruition as of yet.
Now Lazaar has gone on to speak regarding the speculation surrounding his future and has stated that while he is currently happy to stay put at Palermo, a move to a "higher level" would be tempting for him.
The 24-year-old was quoted saying by Foot Mercato, "It would be interesting but if I have to leave Palermo, it will have to choice allows me to move to a higher level, to next level. Palermo is a great club, a great team.”
Lazaar was one of the most solid defenders in the Italian Serie A last season and he could well prove to be a very good acquisition for West Ham.