West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell is wanted by Everton, per Football Insider.
The defender struggled for game time this season and made a total of 20 Premier League appearances.
He was left out of the squad for the final five games of the campaign.
And the Toffees, who are seeking a potential replacement for Leighton Baines, whose contract expires this summer, have identified Cresswell – valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt – as a potential acquisition.
But should the Hammers do business with their Premier League rivals and allow the 29-year-old to leave?
Football FanCast writers give their verdicts below!
“Should West Ham let Aaron Cresswell leave the club this summer? Yes. Should they let him go to Everton? No. The former England international picks up way too many injuries per season to be the permanent first-choice left-back at London Stadium, though he is a better option than Arthur Masuaku when fit. The Hammers need at least two new players in the position this window and should look to offload both of their current left-backs. However, letting Cresswell move somewhere he could come back to haunt them would be a shocking idea. If the club lets him move, his next destination needs to be outside of the Premier League.”
“Given the performances of Masuaku at times this season, I think it would be fair if West Ham let Cresswell leave this summer. The left-back has been a reliable figure down the years and at one point was one of the best in his position in his country. His set-piece delivery is a thing of beauty but in terms of overall performance he’s past his best. The difficult thing in selling him to Everton, however, is that they are essentially a direct rival for those mid-table spots. West Ham need to think carefully in that regard.”
“Out of him and Arthur Masuaku, West Ham are definitely selling the wrong left-back. Cresswell is a dependable presence and rarely lets you down, whereas Masuaku is a huge liability and massively erratic. The Hammers would be leaving the left-back department thin on the ground if they went ahead with this colossal transfer mistake.”