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West Ham strike full agreement to sign Chelsea veteran, with Moyes to expel star he can no longer rely on

Chelsea full-backs Emerson Palmieri and Ben Chilwell

Personal terms are now the focus after West Ham forged an agreement to sign Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri, and a report claims that spells trouble for one Hammers star.

West Ham have already addressed two elements of their rearguard this summer. £30m signing Nayef Aguerd – who is unfortunately already sidelined with an ankle injury – will be a regular at centre-back when fit.

Thilo Kehrer has also arrived upon joining from PSG for around £10m on Wednesday. The 25-year-old German can play at both centre-half and right-back, leaving just left-back to address.

Aaron Cresswell is the number one in that position, though at 32, time is beginning to catch up.

As such, David Moyes is seeking a long-term successor and his search has brought him to Chelsea.

Indeed, the Hammers and Blues have forged an agreement worth an initial £13m for Emerson Palmieri. A further £2m has been earmarked for add-ons, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The trusted source added the topic of personal terms is now being discussed, something which may prove troublesome.

The Evening Standard recently reported the 28-year-old Italy international is looking for around £95,000-a-week. That would be a sizeable increase on his £70,000-a-week salary at Stamford Bridge.

Regardless, the player reportedly favours a switch to West Ham ahead of fellow suitors Nottingham Forest and Atalanta. That is something that could see him relax his demands and aid West Ham’s cause.

Emerson is now surplus to requirements at Chelsea following Marc Cucurella’s arrival. Thomas Tuchel also has Ben Chilwell for his left side, while Marcos Alonso’s proposed move to Barcelona is still in flux.

Emerson arrival bad news for Cresswell

If West Ham and Emerson do find common ground on personal terms, TheHardTackle suggest the writing will be on the wall for Cresswell.

They term his recent displays as having shown ‘obvious signs of decline in recent months’. Cresswell is no longer deemed a ‘reliable’ option and Emerson could reportedly be installed as the new No 1 left-back almost immediately.

At 32, Cresswell’s days are clearly numbered, though there’s no suggestion he’ll be sold this summer.

Indeed, West Ham look on course for another European adventure. They lead their Europa Conference League qualifier against Viborg 3-1 after the first of two legs.

With Arthur Masuaku loaned out to Besiktas, Cresswell may still have an important role to play in the cups and in Europe. However, given his contract expires next summer, this season could be his last in West Ham colours.