West Ham ‘closing on’ £15 million deal for Chelsea defender

Reinforcements appear imminent at the London Stadium

Premier League outfit West Ham United are on the verge of closing a deal for an out-of-favour member of the defensive ranks at capital rivals Chelsea, according to reports.

The player set to link up with the Irons? Emerson Palmieri.

Left-back Emerson, of course, sealed a return to Stamford Bridge this summer, after Olympique Lyonnais opted against making their move for the Brazilian permanent.

The 28-year-old’s prospects under Thomas Tuchel, though, look altogether bleak.

As things stand, Emerson represents the 4th-choice left-back in west London, sitting behind all of Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and summer arrival Marc Cucurella in the Chelsea pecking order.

In turn, it should not come as a massive surprise, on Friday, to hear of the former AS Roma man inching towards a fresh Stamford Bridge exit.

On this occasion, though, the move looks set to be a permanent one.

As per transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, West Ham United are ‘closing on’ a deal for Emerson, who could be unveiled as the latest reinforcement to David Moyes’ backline as early as this coming weekend.

This comes after an agreement worth a fee in the region of £15 million was agreed upon, consisting of £13 million up front, followed by a further £2 million in potential bonuses.

Discussions over the personal terms of a contract, in turn, are now underway between the board at the London Stadium, and Emerson’s representatives.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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