West Ham: Moyes could 'solve two problems' with key signing at London Stadium

West Ham United boss David Moyes watches on

West Ham United boss David Moyes could ‘solve two problems’ by luring a left-back to the London Stadium, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Hammers are still seeking their first win of the season, having suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Nottingham Forest, so Moyes may bolster his squad ahead of the September 1 deadline.

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What’s the latest news on West Ham’s search for a left-back?

It became clear that Moyes is prioritising the addition of a new left-back when it emerged that West Ham have lodged a £13million bid for Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri.

Todd Boehly, who led a £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea in May, has made it clear that the left-back is on the market but that a loan switch is not a possibility.

French side Nice reportedly tried their luck in trying to secure Emerson’s services on a temporary basis in July, but the proposal was rejected and talks have not been reopened.

However, it appears that a deal is now on the rocks for the 28-year-old, who has returned to west London after spending last season on loan with Lyon.

That is because The Sun journalist Jack Rosser has revealed Emerson’s wage demands are too high and West Ham have turned their attentions towards other options.

What has Alex Crook said about the situation?

Crook believes that West Ham were initially planning to deploy Cornet in a defensive position when he completed his £17.5million switch from Burnley earlier this month.

However, the talkSPORT reporter feels the addition of Emerson or another left-back could result in Moyes having a rethink.

When asked whether West Ham are still looking to bolster their options in the attacking third of the pitch, Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “I think they want to. Although, interestingly, if Emerson or another came in as a left-back or a left wing-back, I think the plan originally with Maxwel Cornet was to use him defensively.

“They might just try him out further forward now, with a left-back potentially coming in. A left-back’s arrival might solve two problems.”

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Would Emerson be a good addition to West Ham’s squad?

Moyes may have bolstered his defence with the £10.1million acquisition of Thilo Kehrer from Paris Saint-Germain, but he is short of options at left-back.

The loan departure of Arthur Masuaku to Besiktas means Aaron Cresswell is the only left-sided defender in West Ham’s squad, although Ben Johnson and Cornet are also capable of moving into that role.

Emerson would be a shrewd addition as he boasts Premier League experience, having made 33 appearances in the competition.

The 27-cap Italy international has also clinched some of football’s biggest trophies – including the Champions League, FA Cup and European Championships – so he would bring a winning mentality to east London.

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