An insider has confirmed an official transfer bid for Emerson but is he really the way forward for West Ham United?

Moyes has been desperately looking to strengthen the left side of his Hammers squad.

Serbian assist king Filip Kostic was the manager’s prime target but ended up joining Juventus.

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The Hammers have brought in Maxwel Cornet but he has been signed with a view to playing in an attacking role.

Over the weekend West Ham were linked with a move for Brazilian-born Italy international and Chelsea outcast Emerson Palmieri.

Now an insider has confirmed an official transfer bid for Emerson but is he really the way forward for West Ham United?

Speaking to Claret and Hugh, a West Ham insider confirmed the bid for the Blues defender.

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Insider confirms official transfer bid for Emerson but is he really the way forward for West Ham?

“West Ham have made a formal £13m bid for Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri, C&H can confirm,” Claret and Hugh report.

“The Hammers are desperately attempting to strengthen their backline as the transfer window nears its final weeks…

“Emerson has a contract that runs until 2024 and the Irons are now hoping to secure his signature.”

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Moyes has been very clear about his West Ham recruitment philosophy and aims over the last two and a half years.

The Scot, with the help of head of recruitment Newman, wants to scour Europe and the lower leagues finding top young, hungry talent for whom joining West Ham would be the next logical step in their careers.

The signings of Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes and Gianluca Scamacca as well as failed moves for players such as Matueus Nunes and Amadou Onana prove that is very much the game plan for West Ham.

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Gone are the days of bringing in star names who have seen better days or are coming up to the wrong side of 30 on big wages.

Moyes proved he will not always stick to that Red Bull inspired policy when he admitted he wanted to bring 29-year-old Jesse Lingard back to West Ham this summer.

But in positions where West Ham already have ageing first team regulars – such as centre-back, left-back and up front – the hope and assumption is that Moyes will stick to his strategy and bring in players of a good age who are more modern and dynamic than those they will replace.

At left-back West Ham reportedly tried and failed to sign David Raum. And they have been linked with other dynamic, quick, modern players in that position such as Ismail Jakobs and Borna Sosa.

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So some West Ham fans can be forgiven for feeling very underwhelmed by the sudden talk of signing Chelsea cast off Emerson, who has just turned 28 – nearly the same number of appearances he has made for the Blues in the last four years (33).

The Italian international has never established himself at Chelsea or in the Premier League and was loaned out to Lyon last season.

West Ham tore Emerson to ribbons in last season’s 3-0 win at Lyon.

And casual observers of Chelsea seem to agree he was always one of the weak points of their defence in rare appearances for the Blues.

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Modern fullbacks have pace and are required to contribute to the attack with assists and goals.

Emerson has just five goals and 10 assists for club and country in 162 games. Not a great record considering Emerson is often deployed as a left wingback.

It’s hardly a signing to champion the new West Ham way under Moyes.

It smacks of the clear desperation and fans are already questioning whether this is even a Moyes and Newman target at all. It is easy to see why.

Are West Ham signing the player just because he might be available rather than because that’s the signing Moyes wants and needs?

Emerson is not a bad player of course. You don’t end up at clubs like Chelsea, Roma and Lyon and play for Italy if you’re not half decent.

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But that’s kind of the point he hasn’t really cut the mustard at any of those clubs and is a squad player for the national side.

The deal is not done yet so there is still hope for those West Ham fans who would rather the club look to a more modern, younger player instead.

But it seems this is the man who could become Cresswell’s replacement at the London Stadium.

If it is a stop gap signing until West Ham get a younger, more modern left-back in the future then that would be sensible, especially given the fact great servant Cresswell turns 33 this December.

All of us are desperate to see signings. But the jury is out whether this is one that makes sense long term.


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