City to bag Cress from Hammers
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.”