talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook claims West Ham’s attempt to sign Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri is moving in the right direction.
It emerged on Tuesday that the Hammers had made a £13m bid for the Italy international, who appears to be out of favour at Stamford Bridge following four years of struggling to nail down a regular spot in the Blues’ starting XI.
David Moyes has been in the market for a left-back all summer as he continues to look to add depth to key areas of his squad, ahead of a busy season competing across four different competitions.
With Aaron Cresswell now the only recognised senior left-back at the club following Arthur Masuaku’s loan exit to Besiktas, Moyes’ search has ramped up somewhat, especially following two defeats from two at the start of the new Premier League season.
And it appears his search may be approaching a happy ending, with Chelsea’s Emerson seemingly “likely” to be arriving in east London before the end of the summer transfer window.
That’s according to Crook who, when speaking to GiveMeSport, admitted that he believes the Brazilian-born defender would be open to a switch to West Ham.
Crook said: “I think Emerson is likely; I think he’s open to the move.
“A £13m bid has gone in, obviously, the clubs are still negotiating, but I think that’s looking positive.”
Emerson has two years remaining on his Stamford Bridge contract but with Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwell ahead of him in the pecking order, it seems the Blues might be seeing this as an opportunity to recoup as much as possible for him before his value decreases further.
The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at Lyon, where he played every minute of both legs as West Ham thrashed the Ligue 1 outfit 4-1 on aggregate in the Europa League quarter-finals.