West Ham looks at Kurt Zouma
West Ham are desperate to strike a deal with Chelsea for French defender Kurt Zouma. Zouma, with the 26-year-old thought, would rather stay in London.
Chelsea was supposed to sign Jules Koundé for € 40-45m + Kurt Zouma, but since Zouma preferred to stay in England and was linked with a move to West Ham, Chelsea stuck and will likely get him for -? € 70 million. Koundé is expected to earn 4 million euros by 2026. https://t.co/EjlSNFpjr3
on???? Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) July 31, 2021
The Chelsea man was supposed to be picked up under a swap deal for Seville’s Jules Kounde but has reportedly expressed his desire to stay in London.
This has alarmed West Ham, which are reportedly interested in bringing the Champions League winners to the London stadium to bolster their side after qualifying for the Europa League last season.
Alternative lined up
Closing a deal can prove difficult, however, as Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh reports that the deal will be difficult “due to fees and wages,” which could lead Zouma to seek an alternative candidate.
#Zouma to #WHUFC difficult business because of fees and wages. Zouma is open to moving but happy to stay here #CFC – Contract until 2023. Zouma until #Seville not impossible under the Kounde deal – but he prefers to stay in London. #WHUFC keep talking #Fiorentina above #Milenkovic. More to @SkySportsNews
on???? Dharmesh Sheth (@skysports_sheth) August 1, 2021
As a result, West Ham is said to have set up Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic as an alternative should a deal prove impossible for Zouma. The Serbian center-back would offer a much easier deal as the Italian side are keen to charge a transfer for the 23-year-old who is out of contract in 12 months.
While the decision can ultimately be taken out of West Ham’s hands if Chelsea refuses to negotiate for Zouma, Milenkovic represents a high quality alternative.
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