Final hurdle cleared, with imminent West Ham signing set to start medical today

Emerson Palmieri representing Italy

Emerson Palmieri is due to begin his medical checks with West Ham United after reaching an agreement over personal terms, it has been revealed.

West Ham have been working on the signing of Emerson from Chelsea in recent weeks. At one point, it seemed as if personal terms would cause the deal to collapse. It would have been a blow for West Ham after their more constructive talks with Chelsea.

But things have been getting back on track in recent days. A deal worth an initial £13million, with a possible further £2million in variables, is now well down the line.

And according to transfer reporter Fabrizio Romano, there is now an agreement in place between Emerson and West Ham, as well as between the two clubs.

His contract at the London Stadium, it is claimed, will last until 2027. Before he signs it, he will have to complete his medical, which is due to begin on Monday.

Once it all goes through, Emerson will be able to get his second chance in the Premier League. He spent last season on loan in Ligue 1 with Lyon after falling down the pecking order at Chelsea.

The Blues have signed Marc Cucurella this summer to compete with existing first-choice, Ben Chilwell. Chilwell struggled with a major injury last season, but Chelsea now have two strong options to pick from.

It means there is no longer a place for Emerson at Stamford Bridge, as was already decided last year. Yet at the age of 28, he still has something to contribute elsewhere in the Premier League.

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For West Ham, he will be competing for a place with Aaron Cresswell on the left-hand side of defence. Earlier this month, the Hammers allowed Arthur Masuaku to leave on loan for Besiktas.

Emerson will replenish their depth in the role imminently and should give them more quality. After making 36 appearances for Lyon last season, he should be an upgrade on Cresswell, who is nearer the end of his career at the age of 32.

Italy international Emerson will be able to bring European experience to the club. He played in the Europa League – including against West Ham, whose Conference League play-off second leg is looming – last season.

Should all go to plan, he could be a West Ham player by the time they take on Viborg again on Thursday. Whether he will be registered in time is another matter, but it now looks to be a matter of when, not if.

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