West Ham United have announced the signing of Italy international defender Emerson Palmieri.
The 28-year-old has joined the Hammers on a four-year contract with a one-year option for an undisclosed fee from fellow Premier League neighbours Chelsea.
Emerson, who becomes the seventh new signing to join David Moyes’ squad this summer, is looking forward to wearing the Claret and Blue of West Ham and continuing his career in east London.
“I’m very happy to be here and to arrive here,” said Emerson, who will wear the No 33 shirt. “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.”
Moyes expressed his happiness at adding more proven Premier League, European and international experience to his squad, which will compete on four fronts this season.
“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.”
A pacy and technically proficient left-back or left wing-back renowned for his stamina and attacking qualities, Emerson has won the UEFA European Championship, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League during a stellar career.
Born in Brazil, Emerson moved to Italian football in 2014, was granted Italian citizenship and switched international allegiance three years later, and has since won 27 caps, including a start in Italy’s Euro 2020 final victory over England at Wembley a year ago.