Everton lining up Cresswell bid

Everton are lining up a bid for West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell, per Football Insider.

What’s the word?

The full-back made just 20 appearances in the Premier League in 2018-19 and was not included in the squad for any of the club’s final five matches.

The Toffees, the report claims, are looking to bring in a potential replacement for veteran left-back Leighton Baines, whose contract expires this summer.

Lucas Digne, of course, has emerged as the Toffees’ first-choice in the position.

Cresswell has subsequently emerged as a target, with the Hammers unlikely to demand too high a fee and his Premier League experience making him a low-risk acquisition.

The 29-year-old joined the Irons in 2014 from Ipswich Town and has made 179 appearances.

A £4million signing, Football Insider claim the Hammers will want double that figure to £8m to countenance a sale.

Selling the wrong left-back

Cresswell is a better left-back than Arthur Masuaku.

The pair have been sharing duties under Manuel Pellegrini this season but the latter is simply not as good as the Englishman.

He is too reckless, too naive when it comes to his defensive positioning, to be regarded as first-choice.

Cresswell, though, is the one who has been shunted to the sidelines.

The Hammers could well receive £8m for a player who will be 30 in December, but they would be better off placing Masuaku on the transfer list and potentially doubling that figure.