Cresswell joins West Ham

West Ham have continued their preparations for the upcoming Premier League season with the signing of Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell.

Cresswell was reportedly a target for top-flight rivals West Brom and Fulham but the highly-rated 24-year-old arrives at Upton Park on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, despite only signing a new contract with the Championship club in December.

The Englishman is Sam Allardyce's third signing ahead of the new campaign, following the arrivals of Argentinian striker Mauro Zarate and Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate as the club attempts to improve on their 13th-place finish last season.

The left-back's transfer is sure to bolster West Ham's defence, having lost out-of-contract duo George McCartney and Jordan Spence.

Cresswell makes the step up to the Premier League on the back of three successful seasons with Ipswich, where he made 132 league appearances - scoring six goals in the process.

His best season was arguably in 2013-14 after Ipswich fell narrowly short of making the play-offs.

The former Tranmere Rovers defender - where he spent three years before joining Ipswich in 2011 - was a mainstay in Mick McCarthy's defence last season, appearing 44 times in the league as they finished in ninth position and four points adrift of sixth spot.