Aaron Cresswell has been a decent performer for West Ham over the past five-and-a-half years.

The 30-year-old joined the Hammers from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2014, for a fee believed to be worth £3.75 million, according to the Sun.

Cresswell has gone on to make 194 appearances for West Ham, and has seldom let them down.

There have been signs over the past year, however, that the Liverpool-born left-back’s legs have gone, and he is not the player he once was.

Serious injuries have played their part, and he is often found wanting when in a direct race with opposing attackers.

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Aaron Cresswell (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Time is right to move Cresswell on

The 30-year-old is still under contract with the Hammers until the summer of 2023, so the east London outfit should be able to garner a decent fee for him.

And the timing is perfect because there are two very good left-backs currently available, according to reports.

Ricardo Rodriguez

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Ricardo Rodriguez (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

AC Milan are willing to sell the Swiss ace, according to the Daily Mail, in an effort to address their current financial issues.

 

The 27-year-old has 71 caps to his name for Switzerland, and is an attacking full-back in every sense. He also possesses a wicked delivery from set-pieces.

Rodriguez would be an indisputable upgrade on Cresswell.

Layvin Kurzawa

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Layvin Kurzawa (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

The 13-capped France international’s contract with PSG expires in the summer, and the Sun claims that the Ligue 1 champions are willing to sell him this month for a bargain fee.

The 27-year-old is a brilliant left-back, and is another one who would be a clear improvement on Cresswell.

Kurzawa’s attacking intent and ability to time his overlapped runs to perfection would give West Ham an entirely different facet to their attacking play down the left hand side.

Those players are two very good options for the Hammers. And considering the reports claiming that they will be so readily available this month, the east London outfit must use the opportunity to their advantage.

Cresswell needs to be moved on. And there will not be a better time to do it than now.

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