Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri joins West Ham in £13m-plus transfer after wage breakthrough on five-year contract

Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2022 by

WEST HAM have completed the signing of Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri.

The Hammers began chasing the signature of the out-of-favour left-back earlier this month.

Chelsea star Emerson Palmieri joins West Ham in £13m-plus transfer after wage breakthrough on five-year contract
West Ham United have signed Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea

And manager David Moyes has got his man - who has inked a four-year contract at the London Stadium - after finally agreeing a suitable contract with the full-back.

An excerpt of a club statement read: "West Ham United is delighted to announce the signing of Italy international defender Emerson

"The 28-year-old has joined the Hammers on a four-year contract, with a one-year option, for an undisclosed fee from fellow Premier League club Chelsea.

"A pacy and technically proficient left-back or left wing-back renowned for his stamina and attacking qualities, Emerson has won the UEFA European Championship, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League during a stellar career."

Palmieri was open to a move to the London Stadium but snubbed West Ham's initial pay packet.

But the 28-year-old put pen to paper on a lucrative contract after the Hammers met his demands.

He said: "I’m very happy to be here and to arrive here.

"It’s a big challenge for me, it’s a big team, so I’m very happy to be here and I’m ready.

"Personally, since the first day I arrived here in England, I always saw the big clubs and I always watched the big games and I knew the history about West Ham.

"The history is so, so big for this team and so when I knew about the interest for sure I said ‘Yes, let’s go, I want to go there’ and I’m here now!

"I can’t wait to get started in a West Ham shirt."

Moyes said of his seventh summer signing: "We are very pleased to welcome Emerson to West Ham United.

"He is an experienced player with a good pedigree, who has enjoyed great success at both club and international level in recent years.

"He will give us strong competition in defensive areas and brings a winning mentality that we are looking to build here at West Ham.

"We look forward to working with Emerson and wish him all the very best in his career with us."

Palmieri could make his Hammers' debut on Sunday afternoon when Moyes' troops travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa.

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