Transfer news: West Ham drop interest in Emerson, Willian trains with Fulham | Transfer period

West Ham have walked away from a deal to sign Emerson Palmieri after resisting wage demands from the Chelsea left-back.

There had been advanced negotiations with Chelsea over compensation for Emerson, who is not in Thomas Tuchel’s plans this season, and West Ham were optimistic about their chances of closing the deal.

However, West Ham have cooled their interest in the Italian left-back after discussing personal terms with him. Emerson wants a significant raise to make the move to London. West Ham are unwilling to comply with the 28-year-old’s demands and while there is a chance they could reconsider the matter before the window closes, they are now looking at other left-back targets.

David Moyes, whose side will play the first leg of their Europa League Conference play-off against Danish Viborg on Thursday, was focused on bolstering his defense and completed the signing of Thilo Kehrer on Wednesday. The signing is a boost for West Ham, who have started the season with Kurt Zouma as their only available centre-back.

With Nayef Aguerd ruled out after ankle surgery, Craig Dawson struggling with a hamstring injury and Angelo Ogbonna still recovering from a long-term knee injury, West Ham, who sold Issa Diop to Fulham last week, have been forced to pair Zouma with the 22-year-old fullback Ben Johnson during their first two league games.

The injury crisis forced Moyes to pursue Kehrer, who can play as a centre-back and in either full-back. The 25-year-old defender, who came to Paris Saint-Germain from Schalke four years ago, has impressive speed and hopes to make it to Germany’s World Cup squad.

Thilo Kehrer has completed his £10m transfer from PSG to West Ham.
Thilo Kehrer has completed his £10m transfer from PSG to West Ham. Photo: Andrew Fosker/Shutterstock

West Ham is also interested in Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken. Their initial £8.5million offer for Vanaken was rejected, but the 29-year-old Belgium international is interested in a move to England.

Willian trains at Fulham following his departure from Corinthians, but the 34-year-old has had no talks with the West London club about a deal. The former Arsenal and Chelsea winger left Corinthians on a free transfer after alleging he and his family had received threats from the club’s fans on social media. He has returned to England to seek a new challenge and is staying fit by training with Fulham.

It remains to be seen if Willian will have the chance to join Marco Silva. Fulham have been busy in the transfer market following their promotion to the Premier League, but they have yet to talk to Willian about a short-term deal.

The former Brazil international knows the Premier League well. He spent seven years at Chelsea after joining them in 2013 and winning two league titles, but a move to Arsenal didn’t go to plan. Willian returned to Brazil after leaving Arsenal but is now eager to find a new club in England.

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