Ipswich Town left back Aaron Cresswell joins West Ham United on a five-year contract.
West Ham United have been busy in the transfer market this summer, confirming the signing of left back Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town.
— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) July 3, 2014
The 24 year-old arrives at Upton Park from Ipswich Town having built up a reputation in the Championship as one of the Football League’s finest young England players.
He fills a problem position for West Ham, who have seen a number of players unsuccessfully try and tie down the left back position under Sam Allardyce – including Colombian international Pablo Armero most recently.
Cresswell, who began his career with Tranmere Rovers and has made over 200 Football League appearances, is a defensively solid player who also retains the ability to provide for the team’s attack thanks to his superb left footed delivery from wide areas.
He becomes Allardyce’s third major summer signing at the Hammers, following Cheikhou Kouyaté and Mauro Zárate through the door at the East London club.
Allardyce has promised to look to evolve his playing style this season after complaints from fans last campaign led to banners calling for his removal as the Hammers briefly flirted with relegation to the Championship.
The signing of Cresswell follows that of Zarate, in particular, in seemingly adhering to the new principles of entertaining and attacking football at Upton Park.