West Ham ace Aaron Cresswell is close to returning despite the lack of clarity around his back injury, according to Standard Sport.

That could lessen the need for the Hammers to invest in that area, with a move for Everton left-back Lucas Digne proving difficult.

The London Stadium outfit would have to break their wage structure to sign the France international, 28, and they are reluctant to do so and meet his demands as he earns more than £100,000 a week on Merseyside.

Good news?

West Ham would love to sign another left-back following the injury suffered by Cresswell in November, but it appears they could shelve the plans should he become available sooner rather than later.

They are not a club that pay a lot in wages for most of their players, and bringing in someone who earns more than the majority of the squad does not make sense.

Arthur Masuaku and Ben Johnson have played in the position, and it appears Moyes would stick with them for the time being.

Digne could be a solid addition capable of giving Cresswell a run for his money, but it does not appear that the former Barcelona man is ready to slash his wages for anyone.

Hopefully, West Ham can have their first-choice left-back back in action pretty soon, and they could decide to revisit bolstering the position in the summer transfer window.

They should be looking to concentrate on strengthening in other areas, with another striker and centre-back of more priority right now.

In other West Ham news, an amazing attacker is making personal arrangements for Hammers switch in January.

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