Aaron Cresswell did not need to think twice before putting pen-to-paper on his transfer to West Ham United this week.

The 24-year-old left back, who arrives at the Boleyn Ground from Ipswich Town, jetted out to France on Saturday morning to link up with his new teammates at their training camp in south-east France.

He admitted that the last couple of days had been a whirlwind experience, but he cannot wait to make the step up to the Barclays Premier League.

"I'm very excited to have signed here," he beamed. "It's a massive club and I can't wait to get ready for the season ahead.

"When I knew West Ham were interested it was an easy decision to make! Everyone knows it's a massive club and a couple of years down the line they'll have the new stadium too.

"It's been a pretty hectic couple of days, but we got there in the end. I signed late on the Thursday night, so I didn't get back to Ipswich until late on.

"The team flew out on Friday morning and I arrived at lunchtime on Saturday. The boys trained in the morning and now I'll be joining them in the gym for their second session of the day."

Having started off at League One side Tranmere Rovers, Cresswell has risen up through the divisions since making his debut at 18 and the Scouser is now looking forward to testing himself at the highest level.

He continued: "If you ask any player in the Football League, they want to play in the Premier League. Some people have to gradually go through the leagues and fortunately for me that's the way it's worked out so I can't wait to get going.

"Hopefully I can hit the ground running. When I started off I was at Tranmere and was there for three years, then I had three years at Ipswich, so I'm looking forward to starting here.

"It was nice to be voted into the Championship team of the year last year - those kind of things are a nice bonus at the end of a season. Hopefully that will stand me in good stead for the coming season.

"It's everyone's ambition to play in the Premier League, and to play in front of 35,000 week in week out is a dream come true for me.

"I know we've got Spurs, Man City and Liverpool at home early on and there's no such thing as an easy game in the Premier League, but I'm going to relish every one and hopefully I can play a big part in it."

Cresswell's first week as a Hammer will give him the perfect chance to get to know his new teammates as they go through a week-long training camp in France.

He added: "Not really knowing anyone, apart from Stephen Henderson who was on loan at Ipswich, being away in France for my first week at the Club is a good chance to mingle and get to know the lads.

"Being a fellow Scouser, I think Kevin Nolan is the only one who is going to be able to understand me! I just can't wait to get to know everyone and hopefully settle in as quick as possible."

For supporters who have not seen Cresswell play previously, the defender explains that he is confident of doing a job at both ends of the pitch.

He said: "I like to think I'm a modern day full back. I like to attack, try to get balls in the box and if I get a couple of goals or assists that's a little bonus, but as a defender it's defend first."