West Ham have completed the signing of Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri for £13 million plus another two million in add-ons.
The 28-year-old Italy international has joined West Ham on a four-year contract with an option of an additional year. He will wear the number 33 shirt.
Emerson spent last season on loan at Lyon after struggling for regular at Stamford Bridge since his 2018 move.
The former AS Roma defender has been a target for David Moyes, and after months of negotiations, the Hammers finally have their man.
Born in Brazil, Emerson moved to Italy in 2014. He was granted Italian citizenship and switched international allegiance to the Azzurri. Emerson has since won 27 caps.
Emerson made 71 appearances for Chelsea. He won the UEFA Champions League and Europa League with the Blues during his time at the club. He also won the 2021 European Championship with Italy last summer.
“I’m very happy to be here and to arrive here,” said Emerson. “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 added: “We are very pleased to welcome Emerson to West Ham United,” said Moyes. “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.”
The new signings have done nothing to stem West Ham’s disastrous start to the 2022/23 season. They have lost all three of their opening Premier League games and sit last on the log.
West Ham will visit Aston Villa on Sunday as they look to push out from the bottom pack.