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Chelsea targeting London rivals’ star

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Blues’ boss Jose Mourinho is looking for a new defender.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in West Ham United left back Aaron Cresswell.

It is believed that Mourinho wants to bring Cresswell to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Filipe Luis, who has failed to make an impact at the club.

£20 million is the fee that could possibly see the former Ipswich man swap East London for West London in the summer transfer window. This money can easily be made by the sale of the Brazilian Luis, who may be returning to Atletico Madrid.

Cresswell has been in top form under Sam Allardyce and has been one of the Hammers’ top performers in first ever season in the Premier League.

Cresswell has international football on his mind

The 25-year old may be tempted by the prospect of winning silverware at Chelsea. He may also believe his chances of making Roy Hodgson’s England squad will be boosted if he signs for one of the top flight’s big boys.

West Ham fans wouldn’t approve of his switch to their London rivals, however, the club’s hierarchy may feel a £20 million bid is too good to turn down. Especially when they would make significant profit from his sale.

The Liverpool born defender started his professional career at Tranmere Rovers, before going on to make over 100 appearances for Ipswich Town in the Championship.

Cresswell signed for the Irons at the beginning of the campaign for an undisclosed fee. He has scored two goals in 36 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign, including a free kick in the recent 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City.

His first goal for the club was the winner in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle United at Upton Park back in late November.

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