West Ham United and Aaron Cresswell find themselves in a messy situation as the new Premier League season approaches, writes the Claret and Hugh. The club appears to have lost another player for the upcoming game against Bournemouth, with the long-serving Hammers’ defender reportedly refusing to train following interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) a week ago.
According to exclusive information obtained by Claret and Hugh, Wolves had shown interest in Cresswell, prompting his refusal to train with the West Ham squad. However, the situation has taken a turn for the worse, as Wolves have now pulled out of any potential deal after the Hammers rejected an offer consisting solely of add-ons, valued at £2.5 million. Despite Wolves stepping back, Cresswell remains steadfast in his decision to stay away from Rush Green training ground.
As a result, the left-back has been absent from the club’s training sessions for several days, essentially going on strike in response to the transfer interest and the lack of a satisfactory resolution. With Wolves unwilling to reconsider their approach, the situation poses another major problem for West Ham as they navigate through a challenging summer transfer window.
A reliable source told Claret and Hugh, “Yes, he is not training, and now Wolves have pulled out, so it really is a mess.”
The timing of this dispute is particularly concerning for West Ham, with the Premier League season set to kick off in just a few days. Losing a key player like Cresswell, who has been a loyal servant to the club for an extended period, could significantly impact their preparations for the opening fixture against Bournemouth.
The uncertainty surrounding Cresswell’s future is adding to the complexities West Ham is facing in the transfer market this summer. With the clock ticking, the club will need to find a resolution to the situation swiftly and efficiently to ensure they can focus on their competitive campaign ahead. Otherwise, the absence of a crucial player like Cresswell could have ramifications on the team’s performance and morale in the early stages of the season.