ASTON Villa are preparing a bid for Ipswich Town Player of the Year Aaron Cresswell.

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But we understand the Blues have put a price tag of around £6million on the left-back following his sensational first season at Portman Road.

The 22-year-old was a relative unknown when he became one of Paul Jewell’s first summer signings last year.

But his consistent performances and ability at both ends of the pitch made Cresswell one of the first names on Jewell’s team-sheet.

His first season saw the Liverpudlian crowned player of the year by the official supporters club and it didn’t go unnoticed with Premier League scouts.

We understand sleeping giants Villa have shown interest in Cresswell since the end of last season – with their new boss, and ex-Norwich City manager, Paul Lambert among those aware of the full- back’s huge promise.

No bid has yet been made but Jewell has always maintained he is not expecting to sell any players and, more importantly, he is under no financial pressure to do so.

Cresswell signed for the Blues last July with a tribunal later setting the fee at £240,000, possibly rising to £520,000.

That figure quickly looked a snip as Cresswell’s performances rarely waned during a tumultuous 2011/12.

He missed just two competitive matches all season and Jewell will only sanction a move if Town made an exceptional profit on the former Tranmere defender.

The manager has always insisted every player has his price but it is clear that it would take a massive offer for Jewell to even contemplate selling a prized asset.

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23 comments

  • Kevin, even if he doesn't have a clause in his contract allowing him to speak to premiership clubs, in practical terms this is irrelevant. If Villa want him, they will get him, simple as that. Any breach of contract damages will simply be factored into the deal but in reality, if a player wants to leave, the club can do little to stop him other than putting him in the reserves which results in his morale dropping and his value decreasing.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • A lot will depend on whether he has a clause in his contract allowing him to speak to Premiership clubs, and whether or not he thinks he is ready to make the step up. I my view, if he thinks he is, he is, as he is a very good player, and all Villa would be doing to us, is what we did to Tranmere. Price wise, as long as we get a sell on clause of 20% of any future profit, £6M seems fair. If we got offered that, and he wanted to go, I would be ok with it, as long as we invested the money in the team, and avoided buying ludicrous players like Heskey. I am not holding my breath....

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    Kevin Bailey

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • John, where have you been the last three years?! Our chance of making the Premier League evaporated during the mess Keane made. Throwing money at it didn't work, so the club has to manage within it's means now, with the new Financial rules meaning we can only spend what we generate from gate receipts and, regrettably, player sales.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • The money does not come into it , cresswell is a good left back , there is no guarantee we will get another one at whatever price

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    KEVIN FRANCIS

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Cyril - agree with your comments - just don't sell yourself short - ME is not the 'only man that matters' - long afetr he has gone WE the supporters will still be here - we do matter !!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Bluearmy, don't get me wrong, I'm as critical, of Jewell as anyone, but I don't think the damage Keane did to this club can be underestimated (and I was fully supportive of him until we backtracked after a good start in his 2nd season). He took a perfectly adequate squad that finished in the top half, ripped the heart out of it and replaced it with expensive failures that Jewell was left to deal with (Priskin, Leadbitter, Norris, Fulop). Now the owner can't keep pumping money in to the squad Jewells' hands are tied, and he's no other option than to manage within a tight budget, which I think he's done well thus far during the close season. I'd fully agree that he got his targets wrong last year, and ironically one of the one's he got very right is now the subject of this discussion.

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    Andrew Mehen

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • I think 9m should be the minimum. If we are serious about building a younger team for the future we are not going to get far if we sell our best young players. While Cresswell is undoubtedly keen to play in the Prem I hope we can hold him at least until January by which time we should have a fair idea of whether or not we could get up ourselves. If that was the case I would hope that he would stay. If not then it might be goodbye. The other concerning aspect is that Villa's interest may stimulate more attractive clubs to express an interest.

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    Lindsay Ferguson

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • I really do have to applaud the PR people at Town - They seem to have successfully duped many fans into believing the impact FFP rules will have on the progress (or lack of it) of this club....It's as if these rules only apply to ITFC when the reality is these rules apply equally to Manchester City, PSG, Chelsea, Real Madrid indeed every single club throughout Europe.....Just ask yourself this - Why are other clubs spending money ? Simple answer is they have found ways round these rules and more importantly these rules are likely to be pretty much unenforceable and will have very little impact ....Do you really think Man City can pay their wages (let alone vast transfer fees) on match day revenue and a few shirt sales alone ? Anyone who thinks they can is simply puddled.. They have an over-inflated naming rights deal with a sponsor owned by their owners for one purpose only - to create another revenue stream - the money however is still coming from the same place....It really is that simple - Ask yourself why St James' Park is now named after Mike Ashley's Sportswear firm ? People who don't know Marcus Evans from a hole in the ground often post on here stating what a genius he is in business, well such a genius would be pouring over the rule book and finding a way round them...What is more likely is that ME is owed £60m - he thought he would get it back and it seems increasingly likely that he won't...Don't throw good money after bad springs to mind....I suspect those that believe this magnificent piece of PR also believe there has been real progress at Town, that ME is a good thing for ITFC, that Paul Jewell is a great manager and that it really was about time the turnstiles got a lick of paint.....Evidence however seems to suggest otherwise.

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    bluearmy78

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Andrew Mehan - it must be a great source of comfort to Jewell to know that whatever depths of ineptitude he might plum there will always be those that put the blame on Roy Keane. The manager here trying to buy Cresswell is none other than Paul Lambert - who took Colchester to Norwich - beat them 7-1 - was appointed to the dreaded canaries & took them through 2 divisions in 2 years to the premiership where they performed admirably last year. We can argue all we like about the reign of RK - but the fact remains during the tenure of Jewell (who also had money available) there has been no sign of progress. It really is time he was judged on his own merits rather than the often exaggerated flaws of his predecessor.

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • This is a fantastic message to young talented players who come to ITFC wanting to progress their career. But if I was in Cresswell's shoes I would learn from the mistake of Connor Wickham who went to a club in freefall. Lambert has been drafted in to halt the decline at Villa but it's early days and so I would wait for a call from a club on the up or one of the big 5

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    MOTT MIKE

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Old Timer, he is being judged by the only man that matters ME and I bet he loves him, 8 million for Wickham, possibly 6 million for Cresswell an none of it put back into the team.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, July 26, 2012

  • Every player has his price

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    Philip Wright

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • sorry Mr Lambert, Cressie will go to Everton when Baines goes down the East Lancs road

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    martyn elmy

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Well if it happens its a shame but if the money is good it would help with the financial fair play rules.

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    redhotitfc

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Do not sell Cresswell. He is possibly one of the brightest left backs in the country if he continues to develop. Not for any price!!

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    Paul The Alien

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Here we go again...if Ipswich are serious about getting to the premiership either this season or the next, then these players we should be keeping hold of...start selling our best players then we will be this league for another 11 years..

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    Deg

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Face facts, the club has no choice but to listen to offers if the player wants to talk to other interested parties. The simple fact is if itfc stand in the way of young player progress you can say goodbye to any young player joining our club. Our best chance is that he is not interested in moving at this stage of his career.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • I was under the mistaken impression obviously that we wanted, not to make money,but to make the Premier League. Silly me.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Firstly Town SHOULD be firmly stating that he isn't for sale - that would go some way to restoring all the faith lost in the management team and may indicate to long suffering fans that there is actually meaning behind the empty rhetoric about building a team around youth etc....This is what Town SHOULD do but I'm afraid having seen the actions of the club in the Evans era all common sense is likely to go out of the window, the player will be sold (for relative peanuts) and any money will be completely wasted by PJ frittered away on below average signings similar to Ingamarsson, Ellington and any number of ex premiership goalkeepers....Much will of course depend on what is in his contract and we are never likely to know but assuming that was drawn up by Mr Clegg (who is occupied somewhat with Olympic matters) town are only likely to get any value out of a deal if Cresswell wins the 100 metres in a new games record !!!

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    bluearmy78

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Kevin, you obviously have info I dont, as I did not realise we had bought Heskey, I think you will find this is just paper talk.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • Cyril, what has happened to your belief in 'honouring contracts' ? Now, it is reported that Jewell has said that he is not expecting to sell any of his players and is under no financial pressure to do so. Judging him on his past form the opposite will happen and Cresswell will be sold (or given away) with the resulting monies paying Heskey's wages and paying interest to ME on the club's growing debt !!!!!!!

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • £6m seems a bit hopeful considering his experience but when you consider 20% roughly goes to his former club the town should get around £4.8m which is probably the amount they would like to bank from him if he goes. I would probably rather he stay though. I know the money could go on other players but i think we need him for at least one more year and we dont want too many changes to the defence at the same time. Cresswell may be better off playing one more year in the championship too as a guaranteed started but he will definitely be a premier league player at some point thats always been clear.

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    Monkey1986

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • A decent figure for Cresswell who, although a very good prospect, still hasn't yet shown hiomself to be Prem quality (and although he may well be, prospect is different to proven). I have no faith that the money won;t be either wasted on numpties or on silly high desperate wages (Heskey comes to mind, or Steve Davies as an injury prone danger transfer in the offering). At least this makes sense as to why a left-back was being trialed...

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    I am Spartacus

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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