By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Jan, 2022 | 2:41pm

West Ham plan to sign left-back for the longer term after Aaron Cresswell injury

West Ham will reportedly consider signing a left-back for the longer term as they’re not convinced by Aaron Cresswell’s fitness.

According to ExWHUemployee, there have been avenues explored over making such a signing.

He also spoke briefly about whether or not Everton’s Lucas Digne would be an option, but he is unsure if there is any interest from the Hammers hierarchy.

He wrote, “There is still uncertainty over Cresswell’s fitness after a cracked bone in his back and Masuaku has come under criticism when he has filled in there.

“There are long term plans to sign a left-back and avenues have been explored but the question is whether Digne will entice Moyes to move before then with other positions more of a priority.”


Digne represents a very interesting option, but he is unlikely to be considered as long-term should the club make a move for him.

He will turn 29 in a few months and probably has just two seasons left in the tank at the highest level.

Ideally, the Hammers should look at players in the age bracket of 23-26 as they’ll be hitting their prime soon and could be at the club for the better part of a decade.

It remains to be seen where David Moyes stands on this and who his preferred targets are likely to be.

Rob Newman along with Grant Holt could have a few options in their heads to and it could be a brainstorming session over the coming days to see what’s best.

However, it is obvious that they need to sign a left-back whether it is in the summer or this month.

In other West Ham news, ExWHUemployee has issued a major injury update with a ‘Brilliant’ player set to be out for up to three months

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