Date: 1st August 2016 at 8:29pm
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West Ham’s loan move for Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs has been turned down by the North London club, according to¬†London Evening Standard.

The Evening Standard have reported that West Ham have been eyeing up the England International as a direct replacement for Aaron Cresswell, but Arsenal aren’t so keen to let him leave just yet, despite Nacho Monreal becoming their first choice left back last season.

Gibbs would be a good temporary replacement for Cresswell, but there are plenty of other options that West Ham could look towards if Arsenal won’t budge on him.

Martin Olsson has been mentioned, as has Robbie Brady, Jordan Amavi, Andrew Robertson and several others. However, Gibbs certainly has more experience than these players and it would be good to see a real top defender come in, whether it is on loan on in a permanent deal.

Even with Cresswell back, the added strength in depth would be invaluable for the rest of the season, especially if we make it through in the Europa League.

Let’s hope that the left back saga isn’t similar to the striker saga we are currently in the middle of, and hopefully we can sort a deal out soon before the season kicks off in two weeks.