West Ham have been one of the active clubs in this transfer window as they have signed several players even before the start of the proper pre-season. Sam Allardyce is expected to play a more attacking style of football in the upcoming season. In order to facilitate this, the club has been bringing in several new players to the squad. Aaron Cresswell is one of the latest additions after the young right back has joined the club for around £ 3.5 million. He joins from Ipswich, who will be able to receive close to £ 7 million depending upon future performances of the player.
Allardyce has revealed that Cresswell has been a player they have been looking for sometime. They decided to jump into the opportunity to sign him knowing that he was available. Allardyce says that the full-back has the ability to become one of the top players in the Premier League since he has a lot of development ahead of him. At just 24 years of age, he is at the cusp of achieving his peak. It is understood that a number of top clubs were looking to sign him, but the prospect of regular first-team football made Cresswell sign for West Ham.
“Aaron is a very interesting case because, as far as we looked at other targets, when I looked at his career history, spoke to Mick McCarthy and looked at what he has done in the last couple of years, he was right on the doorstep. He started at 17 at Tranmere Rovers and played 70 games and Paul Jewell took him to Ipswich when he became manager there. He is 24 years old and there has been a very good, steady development over those years,” said Allardyce. The club recently brought in former striker Teddy Sheringham as the attacking coach.