Chelsea have rejected West Ham’s offer of a loan move for defender Emerson Palmieri, according to the Mirror. David Moyes is keen on bringing a new left back in the next January transfer window. As a result of the injury sustained by Arthur Masuaku, there is little competition for Aaron Cresswell in the squad. The return of Masuaku is expected to take more than a month. Hence, the hammers are keen to take advantage of Emerson’s position at Chelsea. Emerson has featured in less than 90 minutes of action in the Premier League.
After the £50 million signing of Ben Chilwell from Leicester City, Emerson and Marcus Alonso are far down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Alonso has not been in the Premier League squad since the disastrous outing against West Brom back in September. However, he has been on the bench in Champions League matches. Emerson is in a much better position, as he is now seen as the second choice left back at Chelsea. He has been getting the odd game in the blues shirt, but that may not sufficient to retain his place in the Italian national team squad.
Emerson is keen to play regularly and West Ham are looking to take advantage of the situation. However, Chelsea’s reluctance to accept the offer does not come as a surprise considering that Lampard does not have a suitable replacement in the squad. If the situation changes between now and the end of the transfer window, there is a possibility of Emerson being sent out on loan to hammers.
The next few weeks will be crucial for Chelsea, who have been struggling for form over the last month. The return of the Champions League matches and a difficult set of Premier League encounters will go a long way into deciding the future of Lampard at Stamford Bridge.