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West Ham eye up promising Welsh defender to replace injured Cresswell

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West Ham could look towards Charlton Athletic defender Morgan Fox as a replacement for the injured Aaron Cresswell, according to the Essex Chronicle.

The 22-year-old has played 72 games for Charlton, scoring one goal in the process. The Hammers have been tracking the defender for a couple of years as they originally identified Fox as a target before signing Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich Town in 2014.

Slaven Bilic is keen to add another left back to his ranks after Cresswell suffered a knee injury that has ruled him out of action for at least four months.

Although West Ham are in need of a striker, it now looks as if the left-back position is of a high priority as the Irons are short of options in this position.

There are reports linking West Ham to Robbie Brady and Martin Olsson, both of Norwich City. As well as the Canaries duo, Bilic is also tracking former Manchester United defender Alex Buttner, who is currently plying his trade in Russia for Dynamo Moscow.

Fox, who was a rare shining light in a disappointing season for Charlton, is a Welsh U21 international. At 6 ft 1, he is a commanding presence at the back, possessing the defensive know-how to operate at left-back and centre-half if needed.

The defender is certainly talented but it remains to be seen whether the Hammers will opt for a more experienced target as it is likely that the new signing will start at left back for West Ham’s opening day trip to Stamford Bridge.

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