West Ham United sign second Italian international

Emerson Palmieri of Italy and Angel Di Maria of Argentina compete for the ball during the Finalissima 2022 match between Argentina and Italy at Wembley Stadium on June 01, 2022 in London, England.

West Ham United have completed their seventh signing of the summer, landing left back Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea.

The 28-year-old Italian international moves to West Ham on a four-year contract for a fee in the region of £13million plus add-ons and will provide competition for the club’s longest-serving player, Aaron Cresswell who is 33 later this year.

“I’m very happy to be here and to arrive here,” said Emerson, who will wear the No 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 ?EUR~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.”

Manager Moyes expressed his happiness at adding more proven Premier League, European and international experience to his squad, which will compete on four fronts this season.

“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.”

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