West Ham have completed the signing of Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri from Chelsea on a four-year deal.
The 28-year-old recently agreed to a long-term deal with the Hammers that will keep him at the London Stadium through the summer of 2026, with an additional year’s option.
Emerson won the Champions League and Europa League trophies during his four years at Stamford Bridge becomes David Moyes’ seventh summer signing so far.
Emerson, who was born in Brazil, began playing football for Italy in 2014, received Italian citizenship, and three years later changed his country of allegiance. He was a member of Italy’s Euro 2020 champion team and has earned 27 caps.
“I’m very happy to be here and to arrive here,” said Emerson, who will wear the No 33 shirt for West Ham. “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.”
Hammers boss David Moyes was happy to have a player with proven experience in the Premier League, Europe, and abroad join his team.
“We are 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.”