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Cresswell "Now a West Ham Player"
Thursday, 3rd Jul 2014 22:41

Town left-back Aaron Cresswell’s £4 million move to West Ham United has been confirmed by Jack Sullivan, the son of Hammers’ owner David Sullivan. The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal.

Sullivan junior tweeted: “Aaron Cresswell, PFA Championship team left-back, is now a WHU player.”

He later confirmed the fee to be £4 million and that the player's wages would be £20,000 a week. Cresswell missed Town training to undergo a medical with the Premier League side this morning.

West Ham were amongst the clubs keeping tabs on Cresswell throughout the 2013/14 campaign and were linked with a possible move by their local press yesterday.

The Hammers are understood to have turned their attention to Cresswell, having had an offer for Norwich's Martin Olsson turned down.

It’s understood that the Blues have previously turned down other offers for the 24-year-old, with reports elsewhere claiming Fulham were amongst those to make a bid.

Speaking on Monday, manager Mick McCarthy confirmed that he wouldn’t stand in the way of Cresswell if an offer came in from a Premier League side: “I said last season, and my stance hasn’t changed, Cressy got all the plaudits for being the best left-back in the league and if at some stage somebody comes in and the deal’s right, it becomes untenable because [in those circumstances] the player wants to go. It’s not that we want to sell him but I might be able to reinvest if that’s the case.

“I don’t want to sell him but he himself is really ambitious and if the right deal comes along, who knows, it may have to happen.

“And if it does, I’ll shake his hand, thank him for all that he’s done and I’ll crack on and get somebody else. That’s the way it happens.”

McCarthy has previously said that he will look to second-choice left-back Tyrone Mings to replace Cresswell, while the fee is likely to go towards strengthening the squad.

Cresswell's former club Tranmere Rovers are entitled to 20 per cent of the profit the Blues have made on the £420,000 they paid for him following his summer 2011 switch to Portman Road.

A Football League tribunal set a compensation figure of an initial £240,000 plus milestone clauses, with only a £100,000 payment on promotion to the Premier League not triggered. Cresswell made 138 appearances for Town, all starts, scoring seven goals.

Coincidentally, West Ham are at Portman Road for their first friendly of pre-season on Wednesday 16th July (KO 7.45pm).

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Duncan added 22:46 - Jul 3
All the best Aaron thanks for service to our club - you will be missed! Mick now has some spending money and I couldn't think of anyone I would rather have at our club spending the money from the sale of Aaron - onwards and upwards!!!
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runaround added 22:46 - Jul 3
Good luck Cressie. Now over to ME to let MM use the money wisely!
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bennyitfc added 22:47 - Jul 3
Talks of the fee being £4M. Bargain for WHU really, but at least we will be left with a fair sum after Tranmere take their cut.
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SamWhiteUK added 22:50 - Jul 3
Shame to see him go but wish him all the best. £4m is the minimum I would've been happy with. Just wish we could've held onto him for one more season... Only thing that surprises me is his choice of team, or perhaps I should say the team willing to pay the highest price. With Shaw off to Man United, thought Soton would probably be front-runners. Apparently not - shows what I know
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Jimmy86 added 22:50 - Jul 3
Good Luck Cressy and thanks for the memories, gutted to see you go, Just hope going to West ham isn't a sideways step in your career. 4 million is a fair price and it's important this money is put back into the squad and is spent wisely to strengthen
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tractordownsouth added 22:53 - Jul 3
Good luck. Shame its to the Hammers but if it takes us forward I will not worry. Due to mismanagement of parachute payments by the F.A., it is unfortunately the only way we can compete financially. Good professional, just hope he develops and does not lose his way playing hoof ball.
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MickMillsTash added 22:58 - Jul 3
Does McCarthy get more to strengthen the squad than Tranmere get in 'commission' from this deal?
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Gazelle added 22:59 - Jul 3
Dear Mick, Well done for getting £4 million for selling one of your players. You can have £500k of this and I'll have the rest. Yours sincerely. Marcus.
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eunos added 23:07 - Jul 3
Thanks Cressie and best of luck in the PL.
At 24 you can't blame him for wanting to push on - we probably were lucky to keep him for last season, and he certainly played his part in our resurgent defence.
£4m sounds like good business all round - fair price for a promising but unproven Championship defender.
TBH I bet that sounds like a lot of dough to many Hammers who probably don't know much about him.
God I just hope Mick gets all this money plus a bit more to go out and really strenghten us, but I fear it'll disappear down the same blackhole that swallowed the wickham etc etc cash.
MM can attract some decent players if he's given a few quid to spend.
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ArnieM added 23:08 - Jul 3
I strongly suspect it was Evans that secured the £4m and not MM . I also doubt we will miss Cresswell as much as sone think. MM will have his replacement already lined up.
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cornishblu added 23:09 - Jul 3
Firstly....good luck Cressy...star man and well deserves his chance after the loyalty and passion he showed us. Secondly with financial fair play ME cannot just put this in his pocket otherwise we are in danger of getting fined for loosing too much money in other operating losses. Thirdly.....let's now not get too excited as to how much money mick will get....however much it is.."in Mick we trust"...fourthly..great to see tramere getting some of this...well deserved for letting Cressy push on upwards to us....clever them for putting in a sell on fee (we need to learn to do this more ourselves ....dury going to Luton for £100k again shows we let players go with no thought of future sell ons..however small the potential)..and good to see that English clubs are benefiting teams in the lower tier by keeping money in our system...hopefully this will keep tranmere more secure for at least another year or two COYB
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cornishblu added 23:09 - Jul 3
Firstly....good luck Cressy...star man and well deserves his chance after the loyalty and passion he showed us. Secondly with financial fair play ME cannot just put this in his pocket otherwise we are in danger of getting fined for loosing too much money in other operating losses. Thirdly.....let's now not get too excited as to how much money mick will get....however much it is.."in Mick we trust"...fourthly..great to see tramere getting some of this...well deserved for letting Cressy push on upwards to us....clever them for putting in a sell on fee (we need to learn to do this more ourselves ....dury going to Luton for £100k again shows we let players go with no thought of future sell ons..however small the potential)..and good to see that English clubs are benefiting teams in the lower tier by keeping money in our system...hopefully this will keep tranmere more secure for at least another year or two COYB
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Mark added 23:11 - Jul 3
£4M is more than I expected. I wonder if this is money up front though or the total if a number of top up conditions are met? I'd also be interested to know whether ITFC included a sell on clause like Tranmere did?
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cornishblu added 23:12 - Jul 3
PS...PhilTWTD are you able to get information about possible sell on fees in the Cressy deal????......hoping there are some!!
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RaymondovicBlue added 23:19 - Jul 3
Worrying that Mick days he MIGHT get some of the money to reinvest. ...

Thanks for everything Aaron...
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mickymacsbarmyarmy added 23:28 - Jul 3
Spend the money on lewis mcgugan & david stockdale & maybe a left back to !!
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dalinghooblue added 09:30 - Jul 4
Look on it as a £4m loan. We'll buy him back at the end of the season when we go up and they come down!!!
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