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West Ham: Nizaar Kinsella drops Emerson Palmieri update

Nizaar Kinsella has dropped an update on reported West Ham United transfer target Emerson Palmieri.

What’s the talk?

In a recent post on Twitter, the Evening Standard journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking David Moyes with a £13m move for the Chelsea left-back, the Hammers are now thought to be leading the race for the 28-year-old – with Nottingham Forest, Atalanta and Juventus also reported to be keen on the Italy international.

In his post, Kinsella said: “New info on West Ham’s approach for Emerson Palmieri. They’re favourites to win the race for the Chelsea defender now.”

Moyes badly needs him

With Moyes’ desire to add a new left-back to his first-team squad being well-known – largely due to West Ham’s pursuit of the now-Juventus full-back Filip Kostic this summer – it is not difficult to see why the 59-year-old is now targeting a move for Emerson prior to September’s transfer deadline.

Despite the 28-year-old having struggled to hold down a regular spot in Chelsea’s starting XI ever since his £20m move to Stamford Bridge back in January 2018, the defender’s form for AS Roma prior to his switch to west London, in addition to his returns while on a season-long loan at Olympique Lyonnais last term, suggest that the full-back would represent something of a fantastic alternative to Kostic for the Hammers.

Indeed, over his 25 Serie A appearances in his final full campaign for I Giallorossi back in 2016/17, the £12.6m-rated helped Roma keep seven clean sheets, registered one assist and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as made an average of 1.8 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 1.2 key passes, 1.8 dribbles and won 6.5 duels – at a success rate of 68% – per game.

These returns saw the 27-cap international average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.16, ranking him as his club’s 10th-best performer in the top flight of Italian football that season.

The £75k-per-week talent once again impressed over his 29 Ligue 1 fixtures for Lyon last season, helping his side keep four clean sheets, scoring one goal, providing two assists and creating four big chances, in addition to making an average of 1.6 tackles, making 0.9 interceptions, 1.1 key passes, one dribble and winning 4.9 duels – at a success rate of 64% – per outing.

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These metrics saw the 28-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 6.91, ranking him as Peter Bosz’s 14th-best performer in the top flight of French football last time out.

As such, with it being evident that Emerson is a full-back who is extremely solid at the back, comfortable in his progression of the ball and effective in the final third, should Moyes believe that the Brazilian-born defender can replicate his previous returns following a potential move to east London, the Chelsea talent would not only look to be a fantastic Kostic alternative, but also a signing that the 59-year-old manager and his side very much need.

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