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David Moyes has been backed by the West Ham board with the £15million signing of Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri as he seeks to end the poor start to the season. The West Ham board sanctioned the signing of the 28-year-old on a four-year deal with an additional one-year option after the Hammers lost the opening three games.
It was hoped that a complete overhaul of the squad this summer would have led to a more promising start to the campaign, and it is hoped that the highly decorated Brazilian-born Italian can help get things back on track.
West Ham return to the Premier League against Aston Villa, which also got off to a rocky start, this weekend. They will be hoping Emerson can help kick off their season with a win at Villa Park.
Their new left-back won the Champions League and Europa League as well as the European Championships after playing in the final against England at Wembley just over a year ago.
But he is more than happy to trade his Azzurri status for club and country to wear the red and blue of the Hammers, for whom he will wear the No.33 shirt as the club’s seventh signing this summer. He succeeds Gianluca Scamacca, Alphonse Areola, Flynn Downes, Maxwel Cornet, Nayef Aguerd and Thilo Kehrer.
“I’m very happy to be here and to get here,” Emerson said. “It’s a big challenge for me, it’s a great team, so I’m very happy to be here and I’m ready. Personally, from 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 of West Ham.
“The story is so, so big for this team and so when I heard the interest I said ‘Yeah, let’s go, I want to go’ and I’m here now! I can’t wait to start with a West Ham shirt.
A relieved Moyes said the whole team would benefit from Emerson’s winning mentality. “We are very happy to welcome Emerson to West Ham United,” the West Ham manager said.
“He is an experienced player with a good pedigree, who has enjoyed great success at club and international level in recent years.
“He will give us strong competition in the defensive areas and bring a winning mentality that we are looking to build here at West Ham. We look forward to working with Emerson and wish him every success in his career with us. »