West Ham manager David Moyes has confirmed the Hammers are close to finalising a deal for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma after the two clubs agreed a fee for the defender.
football.london understands the deal for Zouma will cost West Ham in the region of £25.7million, with the defender set to sign a five-year deal at the club.
“We lost Fabian Balbuena this year, we had four center halves last year but this year we only have three which I think is not enough to get through the season,” Moyes said at his pre-match press conference.
“We have had an offer accepted by Chelsea for Kurt [Zouma] but he is still completing his medical at the moment.
“I am hoping that goes through and we can get in a fourth centre-half.”
The manager was asked about further additions to the squad before the end of the transfer window with the boss hopeful there might be more to come than just Zouma.
“We are looking to try to add to the squad with players who can make a difference,” Moyes said.
“I believe we will but ultimately I cannot promise it because sometimes these things just do not happen, it is not all that easy getting the players over the line and in this window that is what I have found.
“Let’s hope we can, if we can’t and the team keeps playing the way it is I will be happy because the team is doing excellent. But if we can give the team a little more competition then I think that will help.”
The manager reiterated a stance he has held throughout the summer that he would not bring in a player just to appease others, any new signing has to add something that is missing from the current Premier League leaders squad.
“Trying to find the right players and trying to add to the level of players we have at the club, we only want players who are going to be competitive with the ones we have got so if we lose a player through injury or suspension they can come in at a similar level, which has not been easy to get,” he said.
“I hope we can, there are a few days to go and we could add to it [the squad] but I do not want to just bring in people for the sake of it.”
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Moyes confirmed that if he finds the right players to bring in the club are prepared to support him in the transfer market.
“They know exactly that we would like to add to the squad,” he said. “This time last year we had Fabian Balbuena and Jesse Lingard here [from January] so at the moment we are two players down from the squad we finished with last season with so we have to add to that and the club certainly [know] that too.”
The manager was reminded that Cristiano Ronaldo could be available soon, with the Scot open to bringing the Juventus star in.
“If he fancies a year or so in London he can give me a ring and we can see what we can do,” Moyes said. “It would be nice to have him and he would be yet another great addition to the Premier League.”