By Dean White

17th Aug, 2022 | 4:43pm

West Ham have backed out of signing Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri due to the Italy international’s wage demands, according to Sun journalist Jack Rosser.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon (17 August), Rosser claimed that while there is a “slim chance” the Irons will return to the negotiating table for the 28-year-old, they’re currently exploring alternatives.

David Moyes clearly seems to be interested in signing a new left-back before the summer transfer window closes in just over two weeks’ time.

Tight-fisted

It seems as though West Ham are playing a very dangerous game this summer with their transfer negotiations.

We’ve seen deals take a long time to get completed and other deals break down simply because the Hammers haven’t wanted to pay that much money.

It’s not a terrible way to go about things from a business perspective but it’s also dangerous because it could lead to Moyes’ squad being short of quality going into September and onwards.

We need a new left-back and the longer we wait, the more clubs will try to take advantage of that and charge us more money.

ExWHUemployee reported on Tuesday (16 August) on Patreon that while an initial bid for Emerson was rejected by Chelsea “an agreement is said to be close to happening”.

But if no agreement can be struck with the player then what’s the point of dealing with the club?

Both of them are asking for more than what West Ham are willing to pay, by the sounds of it, but if the Irons go back in for Emerson later this month, they might have to pay even more.

We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place by choice.