By Richard Parks
Everton are in hot pursuit of West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell ahead of the summer window, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Merseyside club are readying a £25million bid for the 28-year-old left-back as they look to provide competition for Leighton Baines.
It is said that manager Sam Allardyce is a big fan of Cresswell, who he originally signed when he was in charge of the Hammers.
The Sun report that the three-times England international is keen on a move back to Merseyside as he is a Liverpudlian and heralds from the Tranmere Rovers academy.
Cresswell is a left footer who can play as a full-back or winger, while he has also shown even further versatility at times this season for West Ham by playing at centre-back.
Football Insider verdict:
With Baines to turn 34 in December and increasingly susceptible to injury, Everton are in growing need of a left-back at his peak or with his best years ahead of him. Cresswell is a solid performer who is one of the first names on the teamsheet of West Ham and has had another fine season. Like peak Baines, he is more than just a decent defender. The Hammer is also vital to his team’s attacking play and has weighed in with six assists from 32 matches this season. The £25million price tag is by no means a ridiculous one for a player who is good enough to thrive for Everton for years to come.
In other Everton transfer news, Farhad Moshiri is set to rip up the £115,000-a-week contract of Goodison senior ace who only joined this season.