Kurt Zouma closing in on West Ham transfer as progress made in deal for Chelsea defender

Kurt Zouma is closing in on a proposed move from Chelsea to West Ham after the two clubs agreed a deal, and progress has been made on personal terms with the defender.

The 26-year-old is understood to be close to agreeing personal terms with the Hammers following the Blues accepting a bid in the region of £25million.

Zouma’s potential arrival at West Ham will provide much-needed depth in defence with the France international set to battle it out with Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna for a starting spot.

football.london understands that following the two clubs reaching an agreement over the fee, Zouma is in negotiations with the club and a medical could take place shortly, however, this is unlikely to be on Wednesday as some reports from France have stated.

Zouma is understood to have rejected a deal to join Sevilla earlier in the transfer window with the defender preferring to remain in London, a city he has called home since joining Chelsea in 2014.

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The France international’s time at Stamford Bridge has been dotted with loan moves away from the club including in the Premier League with Stoke City and Everton.

Under former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and current incumbent Thomas Tuchel, Zouma made 22 Premier League starts last season but has fallen down the pecking order this campaign. The 26-year-old started the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal but has not made a Premier League appearance so far this campaign.

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Zouma was part of Chelsea’s triumphant Champions League campaign last season but was an unused substitute during the final, even after starting centre-back Thiago Silva succumbed to injury.

With the Blues heavily linked to Jules Kounde, the writing has been on the wall for Zouma at Stamford Bridge and David Moyes has moved to bring the defender across the capital to join the current Premier League leaders.

When asked about a move for Zouma following West Ham’s 4-1 thrashing of Leicester City, Moyes remained tight-lipped.

He said: “I never talk about players at other clubs because it’s disrespectful to the club, and to the player as well so I wouldn’t do that.”

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The Scot did however admit that he would like to add to his squad before the August 31 deadline.

“I think I need to add to the squad if I can but I can’t guarantee anything just because of the way the window is but I do feel as if I need to add to it,” he said.

“We probably don’t have enough depth but trying to get players who are going to give us another level as you can see tonight is not easy.”


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