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Forget Cresswell: Everton should land 6ft 1in full-back to replace Martina this summer

The Everton fans are feeling fairly nonplussed in the Transfer Tavern after another uninspiring performance against their local-rivals Liverpool last Saturday. 

Now that the Toffees have secured their place in the Premier League, the supporters are eager for the campaign to reach its conclusion so they can start afresh in the summer. One of the main talking points amongst the Everton fans propping up our bar in recent weeks has concerned the future of their manager Sam Allardyce, and the consensus seems to be that he should depart Goodison Park in the summer.

Whether or not Allardyce will remain at the helm remains to be seen, but regardless of his future it seems abundantly clear that Everton are in desperate need of securing the signature of a new left-back during the summer window. Whilst Leighton Baines was sidelined with a calf injury, Cuco Martina was forced to fill in at left-back to cover the absence of the 33-year-old, and his performances served to emphasise Everton’s need to sign a replacement for the lacklustre Curacao international.

According to The Sun, Everton have already identified a new left-back to target this summer, namely Aaron Cresswell of West Ham. The report claims that Everton will bid £25 million to prise him away from the London Stadium in the summer – an astronomical figure considering Luke Shaw should be available for a fraction of the price.

Much has been made of Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw in recent weeks as the Portuguese man has continued to publicly lambaste the 22-year-old left-back and strongly give the impression that he has no future at Old Trafford. With that to consider, Everton should do everything they can to sign Shaw over Cresswell, as the Man United outcast has the potential to become one of the best full-backs in the Premier League.

Cresswell on the other hand is a decent player with plenty to offer the club, but his price-tag will be massively inflated beyond his true value due to the Hammers reluctance to sell a first-team regular. In addition to this, Cresswell has very little reason to leave his current club to join Everton unless the Toffees can offer him European football or a significantly more lucrative contract, so it’s unlikely they would be able to tempt him away from the London Stadium.

On the other hand, Shaw is a player who is desperately in need of first-team opportunities and a manager who is willing to put their faith in his abilities. Unless there is an incredibly unlikely change of manager at United this summer, it seems Shaw will be available for a transfer at a bargain price in relation to his potential, so Everton should end their interest in Cresswell and do everything they can to bring the former Southampton prospect to Merseyside.

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