Emerson Palmieri has left Chelsea to sign for West Ham on a four-year contract. The signing should prove to be a valuable addition for the Londoners. Despite making just 33 appearances with three seasons at Chelsea, Emerson managed 29 appearances with Lyon last season on loan.
The Hammers announced: “West Ham United is delighted to announce the signing of Italy international defender Emerson Palmieri.
“The 28-year-old has joined the Hammers on a four-year contract with a one-year option for an undisclosed fee from fellow Premier League club Chelsea.”
“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 ‘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. “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.”