City to bag Cress from Ham­mers

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WEST Ham United are reel­ing with the news that star de­fender Aaron Cress­well is off to Manch­ester City.

Bo­leyn Ground in­sid­ers can­not un­der­stand why the young­ster is will­ing to swap be­ing a big fish in a nice-enough pond to be­ing a bit-part player at the Eti­had — where they have more play­ers than they know what to do with.

But City are def­i­nitely weigh­ing up a trans­fer bid for Cress­well.

The 25-year-old left-back has im­pressed dur­ing his de­but sea­son in the Pre­mier League, ap­pear­ing in 34 of the Ham­mers’ 35 league fix­tures and at­tract­ing the in­ter­est of sev­eral big clubs.

Chelsea are also thought to be con­sid­er­ing a £15m deal for the for­mer Ip­swich ace, but City are pre­pared to battle the Blues for the player, who would add to their quota of home­grown play­ers.

Mean­while over the other side of town Ar­se­nal boss Arsene Wenger in­sists he will smash the habits of a life­time this sum­mer and splash the cash on play­ers. Kroenke, who is worth around $6 bil­lion.

His for­tune also eclipses that of the $9 bil­lion of Lon­don ri­val and Chelsea owner Ro­man Abramovich.

The com­modi­ties mag­nate has not given up on buy­ing the club.

He said: “I still hope, one day at the right price, that I’ll buy the team.

“I might buy it, not at a ridicu­lous price but a price that the own­ers won’t want to re­sist. I know my strat­egy.”

He con­tin­ued by ad­mit­ting that Arsene Wenger “needs to change his style a bit.”

“They need new di­rec­tion,” Dan­gote added.

Gun­ners skip­per Per Merte­sacker has urged his side to make a quicker start next sea­son.

He said: “The points we dropped at the start which was 10 or 11 points, it was a gap we could not close.

“We were con­sis­tent, es­pe­cially in 2015, but not con­sis­tent enough to win the league.”

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