Emerson Palmieri hit all the right notes with an early West Ham charm offensive after completing his permanent transfer from Chelsea.
Noises coming from West Ham throughout the summer suggested David Moyes was searching for Aaron Cresswell’s long-term successor. The fact Arthur Masuaku was allowed to join Besiktas on loan all but guaranteed a new left-back would be signed.
Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri was the man Moyes ultimately settled on after Filip Kostic joined Juventus instead.
West Ham agreed to pay £13m for the 28-year-old Italy international, with a further £2m earmarked for add-ons. Chelsea accepted, and once personal terms were settled and a medical passed, an official announcement was all that remained.
That has now arrived via West Ham’s official website, and Emerson wasted little time putting himself in his new fanbase’s good books.
Indeed, explaining why joining West Ham was a no-brainer, Emerson labelled the Hammers a “big” club and pointed to their storied history.
“I’m very happy to be here and to arrive here,” said Emerson, who will wear the number 33 shirt.
“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.”
Emerson Palmieri brings experience and winning mentality – Moyes
Emerson has signed a four-year deal with a a club option for a fifth.
Regarding his new recruit, manager David Moyes hailed the experience he’ll bring, as well as the winning mentality he’s cultivated while playing for Chelsea and Italy.
“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.”