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Chelsea departure off the table following breakdown in personal terms

The Blues still have a logjam in defence

A move that would have seen Chelsea left-back join West Ham this summer is now off after the player and David Moyes’ side failed to come to an agreement over personal terms, according to reports.

The Italian defender, who spent last season on loan with Lyon, was in talks over a potential move across the capital to join the Irons, with Marc Cucurella’s arrival at Chelsea seemingly confirming that his gametime would be minimal at Stamford Bridge.

And it was thought that a £12m permanent move was moving in the right direction. However, according to the Guardian, personal terms have proved too much of a major stumbling block for the deal to continue, with the Hammers now turning their attention to other targets.

Whether the deal could be rekindled later in the window depends, and it would almost certainly require Emerson to reduce his demands to make it happen.

West Ham seal Kehrer deal

Meanwhile, West Ham have added another defender to their ranks following the injury to summer signing Nayef Aguerd in a pre-season friendly against Rangers, with Thilo Kehrer joining the club from Paris Saint Germain.

He becomes David Moyes’ sixth addition of the summer, with Alphonse Areola, Gianluca Scamacca, Flynn Downes, Maxwel Cornet and the aforementioned Aguerd, as West Ham look to beef out a squad that looked perilously thin during their marathon 2021-22 season.

In action against Viborg in the qualifiers for the Europa Conference League on Thursday, the club will be hoping that they can go one better in Europe than last season’s semi-final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, albeit in a different competition.

They remain on the hunt for a central midfielder, having seen a move for Amadou Onana break down and having had a bid for Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken turned down.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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