West Ham have walked away from a deal to sign Nottingham Forest-linked Chelsea defender Emerson Palmieri, according to The Sun.
The Hammers have baulked at the player’s wage demands and the left-back won’t be heading to the London Stadium.
Forest were keen to sign the player on loan. It was reported by the Evening Standard last month that the Reds had made an enquiry to take the Italy international on a season-long deal.
West Ham made a more serious attempt to sign him though. They had agreed on a £13 million deal with Chelsea and it was expected that the player would move across London.
Emerson earns around £48,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge. It’s not clear what his demands were from West Ham but the Hammers have now decided to walk away nonetheless.
Forest are still on the lookout for another left-sided wing-back. Harry Toffolo has started the season in that position but Omar Richards is facing three months out through injury.
Emerson is a proven performer. He played against England in the final of Euro 2020 and has made 27 appearances for the intentional team in total.
The 28-year-old hasn’t really been able to hold down a regular place at Chelsea. He’s made 71 appearances for the Blues but is behind Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella in the pecking order.
West Ham deal for Emerson collapses and Forest unlikely to return
It does seem very unlikely that Forest will return to make a move for Emerson. The Reds won’t be forking out silly wages and perhaps they will now have their sights set elsewhere for another left-back.
Emerson is a proven performer but it’s clear he wants big money to leave Chelsea. He will play no football at Chelsea this season and he has to consider a departure.
West Ham would have been an ideal move. They are in the UEFA Conference League and will also have ambitions of challenging for Europe once again.
With the Hammers now out of the race, speculation might start linking him with Forest again. However, this looks like one situation that the Reds are better off out of.