West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of highly-rated left-back Aaron Cresswell.

The 24-year-old has joined the Hammers from Championship side Ipswich Town on a five-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Born in Liverpool, Cresswell began his career with Tranmere Rovers before moving to Portman Road in 2011. He has enjoyed three outstanding seasons with the Tractor Boys, making nearly 150 appearances and earning Player of the Year honours in 2012.

A consistently impressive performer who has long been linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, Cresswell joined Tranmere as a schoolboy before making his first-team debut at 18 in November 2008.

The 5'7" full-back played 80 times for the Super White Army over three seasons, scoring six goals, before moving up a division to Ipswich in summer 2011.

An outstanding debut season for the Suffolk club saw Cresswell voted Ipswich's Player of the Year for 2011/12.

He has followed that with two further impressive campaigns during which he has missed just four league matches - two of those through suspension and two through injury.

Last term, his outstanding all-round displays saw Cresswell voted into the Championship Team of the Year by his fellow professionals.