David Sullivan would risk throwing his money away with a revised approach for Chelsea full-back Emerson Palmieri after West Ham United’s initial loan bid was rejected.
According to the Mirror, Frank Lampard has blocked Emerson from joining the Irons as David Moyes strives to find cover and competition for Aaron Cresswell.
West Ham are not expecting to have Arthur Masuaku back from knee surgery until the end of February, and they consider Emerson to be a good stop-gap who can fill the void left by the DR Congo international.
Emerson has been frozen out at Stamford Bridge for much of the campaign with Lampard favouring summer signing Ben Chilwell, while Marcos Alonso is also ahead of the 26-year-old in the former England star’s pecking order.
Yet Lampard is refusing to sanction a temporary exit for the £13.5m-rated full-back as he plans to manage a heavy fixture list featuring games in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.
Emerson has only featured for 88 minutes in the Premier League this season after earning his sole start of the campaign so far in the Blues’ 3-0 win over West Ham last month, while carrying the strain in the FA Cup and the dead rubber Champions League Group Stage ties.
Moyes has been without Masuaku since early December after undergoing career-saving surgery, leaving Cresswell to play seven of the following eight top-flight games at left-back with cover from academy graduate Ben Johnson.
While Moyes is on the lookout for cover to support and challenge Cresswell until Masuaku has returned to full fitness and can take over the left-back duties, he would be wise to avoid urging Sullivan to strike a deal with Chelsea for Emerson.
Sullivan would risk throwing his money down the drain by signing Emerson on loan, who is paid £75,000-per-week at Stamford Bridge which only Andriy Yarmolenko (£115k-p/w) and Jarrod Bowen (£96k-p/w) earn in excess of at the London Stadium, per Spotrac.
Chelsea would likely want to see Emerson play if he were to join West Ham, too, which could spark a clause like the alleged £50,000 penalty fee the Irons were claimed to have agreed to pay every time Fikayo Tomori did not feature before his proposed loan fell through.
Emerson would struggle to make worth of any such agreements, having progressively got worse over the last three seasons whilst struggling to get a game for Chelsea, with his tackle success in Premier League fixtures decreasing from 60% in 2018/19 to 46.2% and 33.3% in the following two terms, per FBref.
He has only been successful in applying pressure to the opposition in 21.4% of the instances where he has tried to force a change of possession, too, which is only marginally more than Moyes is currently seeing from 20-year-old Johnson (16.7%) in his rare outings thus far.
Cresswell, who forces a turnover with 27.7% of his pressures and wins 47.4% of his tackles, would barely feel any pressure whatsoever from Emerson if signed. So, Sullivan would be better served saving his cash from going to waste and urge Moyes to keep faith in his current options or find a better, alternative target.