|Town Win Race for Cresswell|
Thursday, 30th Jun 2011 11:31
TWTD understands that Town have won the race to sign Tranmere Rovers left-back Aaron Cresswell. The Blues, who have been chasing the 21-year-old since the end of the season, have beaten West Brom and Doncaster Rovers to land the highly-rated full-back.
Cresswell, who is 5ft 7in tall, is out of contract this summer but due to his age and having been offered a new deal at Prenton Park, the League One side are entitled to compensation.
Last week, their manager Les Parry said that his club had turned down a compensation offer from a Championship side, presumably Town. If the clubs are unable to come to an agreement, the matter will go to a tribunal.
Parry also said that he expected Cresswell, whose Rovers contract is officially up today, to be at the first day of pre-season training yesterday but, according to reports on the Wirral, he and other players in a similar position failed to show.
Cresswell made 71 starts and nine sub appearances for Rovers, scoring six goals, having come through the youth system at Prenton Park.
A set piece specialist and a tough-tackler, Cresswell likes to get forward and also played on the left of midfield when progressing through the ranks at Tranmere.
The youngster looks likely to sign on the dotted line at Portman Road in the next few days, providing left-back competition for Mark Kennedy.
The acquisition of another left-sided full-back could call into question Shane O’Connor’s future with TWTD understanding that the club received a couple of enquiries regarding the Irish youngster earlier in the summer. The 20-year-old, who is contracted for another year, turned down a loan move to Hereford last season.
Town, who have already added Michael Chopra, Nathan Ellington and Ívar Ingimarsson to their squad, start their pre-season programme at Playford Road tomorrow morning.
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|Bugs added 11:36 - Jun 30|
Nice one PJ
|fussysnake added 11:39 - Jun 30|
sounds promising!! keep up the good work PJ!!
|London_Blue added 11:40 - Jun 30|
If O'Connor is out of favour and Kennedy is starting to lose pace, this is a welcomed addition to the squad.
We all know how difficult it is finding decent left sided players, so well done PJ......AGAIN!!
|bluewein added 11:42 - Jun 30|
Yip - and indeed - pee!!!
|ITFC1983 added 11:42 - Jun 30|
Good start, a great addition to the squad. Plenty more players to come. Good work PJ :)
|PYBlue added 11:42 - Jun 30|
See trust PJ and stop blood moaning people
|PYBlue added 11:44 - Jun 30|
Stop Bloody moaning that was !
|chalkandcheese added 11:47 - Jun 30|
5'7" ? will he be caught out like peters when he played at the back, ball over the top all the time?
sounds like a good signing apart from that....
|DiamondGezzer added 11:47 - Jun 30|
And the first out of the magicians hat is.............
|daniel9624 added 11:49 - Jun 30|
Cracker, real good young player with great potential, and hasn't cost us £8.1 million, good business i say
|johnhazelbum added 11:49 - Jun 30|
Well he hasn't signed yet and Clegg has a few days to cock it up.
|Tractorog added 11:50 - Jun 30|
Great news... can we please sign some tall players too?
Our team is like Disney's "The Little Mermaid" without Ursula the Sea Witch... ie no threat of Aerial danger! And before anyone asks about the source of my familiarity with this little cenematic gem... yes three daughters.
|statto72 added 11:50 - Jun 30|
seriously, great news (assuming its happening and this site is usually right).
Beating the likes of West Brom too. In PJ we trust
|Blue_thro_n_thro added 11:51 - Jun 30|
Why not sit kennedy on the sidelines tutoring the youngsters if he is old and losing pace and have the 2 youngsters competing for the the position of left back or even play o connor left wing and cresswell left back. shock two players with a left foot on the left hand side of the pitch.
|ITFCMonk added 11:52 - Jun 30|
so have we signed him or not?
|ITFCsince67 added 11:52 - Jun 30|
Sorry but will reserve some judgement but and LB or RB who is 5.7 will be a liability at set pieces. All the best defenders even LB or RB are close to 6.0. Are players from Tranmere really showing ambition. We need players who are hardened to the champ who will get us out. Perfect example is the QPR squad of last season.
|Breedonblue added 11:54 - Jun 30|
At last some good news on TWTD!. I'm so down about the whole C.W. thing...
|tractorblue99 added 12:01 - Jun 30|
Beating West Brom. well done pj you've done it again. This has taken my mind off yesterday!
|oldtimer3 added 12:01 - Jun 30|
sounds good to me I hope he can get down the left flank like edwards on the right to supply our forwards this hasnt happened since the royle days. team is taking shape 2 more signings to come me thinks.
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