West Ham walk away from Emerson Palmieri transfer deal over Chelsea defender’s wage demands

The Irons opted for the Italy international earlier this week as David Moyes looked to add a new left-back to his squad ahead of the September 1 transfer deadline to compete with regular starter Aaron Cresswell.

After discussions with Chelsea, standard sports understands that a deal worth an initial £13m, plus a potential further £2m, was close to being agreed between the London rivals.

However, with the switch now off, West Ham appear to have balked at Emerson’s high wage demands.

The 28-year-old has two more years to fulfill his well-paid contract at Chelsea, but he’s someone Thomas Tuchel wants to offload before the window closes.

Emerson Palmieri’s wage demands have ruled out a switch from Chelsea to rivals West Ham

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The Blues also want Billy Gilmour, Ross Barkley, Kenedy and Baba Rahman to leave this summer, as well as potentially Callum Hudson-Odoi (only on loan), Hakim Ziyech and Ethan Ampadu. Marcos Alonso is on his way to Barcelona.

West Ham, meanwhile, agreed a deal to sign German centre-back Thilo Kehrer from Paris Saint-Germain earlier on Wednesday, taking their summer signings to six after the arrivals of Gianluca Scamacca, Maxwel Cornet, Nayef Aguerd, Flynn Downes and Alfonso. Areola.

Moyes is still keen to bring in a new left-back, centre-back and central midfielder before the deadline, with the club pushing to sign Belgium international Hans Vanaken from Club Brugge.

They also want to stay in the hunt for Conor Gallagher or Armando Broja in case Chelsea allow either player to leave Stamford Bridge on loan late in the window, which would have ruled out a temporary swoop for Emerson, who was believed to favor a move to the London Stadium over new Premier League boys Nottingham Forest and Serie A side Atalanta.

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