By Wayne Veysey

8th Apr, 2018 | 7:49pm

Everton in hot pursuit of left footer who wants Merseyside return, £25m bid on cards - report

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.

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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.

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