LONDON (AP) Italy left back Emerson Palmieri joined West Ham from Chelsea for a reported fee of 15 million pounds ($17.75 million) on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Emerson spent four-and-a-half years at Chelsea but was never a normal and was on loan at French club Lyon last season.
He was created in Brazil and moved in 2014 to Italy, where he was eventually granted citizenship. He played in the Azzurris make an impression on England in the ultimate of the European Championship this past year.
Emerson has signed a four-year contract with West Ham with a one-year option, and may be the clubs seventh signing of the transfer window.
West Ham has lost its first three Premier League games and is in last place, its worst begin to a domestic season in 51 years.
Its a large challenge for me personally, its a large team, so Im happy to be here and Im ready, Emerson said.
Personally, because the first day I arrived within England, I usually saw the big clubs and I usually watched the big games and I knew the annals about West Ham.
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