West Ham close to meeting Chelsea’s valuation of Kurt Zouma with defender open to transfer – Football.London

West Ham’s transfer business is up and running following the signing of Alphonse Areola and next on David Moyes’ radar is a move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.

The French international has become a target for Moyes as the manager looks to strengthen his backline further having added Areola to the Hammers ranks on Thursday afternoon.

According to reports in the Daily Star West Ham and Chelsea are just £8 million apart in their valuation of Zouma. The Hammers are believed to be willing to pay up to £20m for the Champions League winners signature, while the Blues are looking for a fee in the region of £28m for the 26-year-old.

West Ham are not the only team with an interest in Zouma with Sevilla keen to see the Frenchman included in any deal that would see Jules Kounde depart Spain for Stamford Bridge.

However, the Hammers are understood to be in pole position for Zouma’s signature, with the defender believed to want to remain in London having settled in the capital since arriving from Saint-Etienne seven years ago.

Zouma’s Blues form saw him earn a place in Didier Deschamps French Euro 2020 squad, however, Thomas Tuchel has often overlooked the centre-back in favour of Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva and Andreas Christensen.

Under former boss Frank Lampard and current boss Tuchel, Zouma made just 22 Premier League starts last season and was an unused substitute for Chelsea during the Champions League final in May.

According to reports in the Daily Mail Chelsea are willing to settle for a deal that comes to £25m, so the ball is now in West ham’s court if they will go beyond the £20m they are understood to be willing to spend.

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