West Ham United have told Chelsea they will have to pay a stunning £25million if they want to stand any chance of signing young full-back Aaron Cresswell, according to The Sun.
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The left-back is currently enjoying a fine maiden Premier League campaign with the Hammers, and reports have recently linked him with an end of season switch to Stamford Bridge.
He has been one of the more consistent performers in an inconsistent season in east London, and that is thought to be enough of a reason to make such a drastic jump from the £4million they paid Ipswich Town for his services.
“The board are not selling anyone unless the deal makes it impossible to say no. To get someone like Aaron it would have to be north of £25 million,” a club insider said.
“He is on a long term contract and just about to finish his first season with West Ham. He is a big part of the the future.”
Cresswell has been tipped to receive international honours with England in the near future and still has four years left to run on his current deal at Upton Park – which rises in payment based on appearances.