West Ham may turn to Ipswich Town left back Aaron Cresswell should they fail in moves to bring Nice’s Timothee Kolodziejczak to Upton Park.
ClaretandHugh can reveal the Portman Road defender is very much on the Hammers radar and that manager Sam Allardyce – whilst being a big admirer of the Frenchman – is refusing to be part of paying Nice an inflated price.
Instead, he and the board will be ready to make a move for Liverpool born 22-year-old if talks break down with the French club.
Allardyce has become a prime mover in the Kolodziejczak talks and may even have a preference for a British-born player if he can find the right one.
And with Cresswell very much on the market, we have been told within the last few minutes the Hammers “hold an interest” in the left back who was named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year.
Our source said: “We like the player and have always said we hold options in this position should talks break down with Nice. However, there is also interest in Cresswell from West Brom and Fulham.”
Town boss Mick McCarthy is reported as being ready to let the player go saying: “There is interest, I can’t deny that, as he is a good player.
“He may feel he’s done his time and want to move to better himself. If that’s the case, it’s hard to stop.”
However, we understand that talks with the young French defender are continuing at the club.