West ham is interested in signing Kurt Zouma from Chelsea. The 26-year-old French centre back looks to be making a move away to another club in London.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are prepared to pay £20 million to buy Kurt Zouma. Currently being valued at £28.80m by Transfermarkt, West Ham seem to be lowballing Chelsea. As Chelsea could be preparing to sign Erling Haaland, the club looks to sell certain players who are out of favour. Kurt Zouma started 22 games scoring 5 goals and keeping 9 clean sheets. He has 2 years left on his contract with Chelsea
Chelsea would not be so keen on selling him to West Ham. Chelsea is ready to offer Kurt Zouma and 30 million to Sevilla for Jules Kunde. It has been reported that Kurt Zouma would rather join a club in London. In his 7 years at Chelsea has been on multiple loans at clubs like Everton, Stoke City and Saint-Etienne.
West Ham currently has 5 centre backs with 3 of them above the age of 30. Kurt Zouma is still 26 years old and has a lot of experience in the top tier level of football. This signing of made true will be a really smart move by West Ham. This season West ham has already signed Craig Dawson on a transfer as well as Alphonse Areola on a loan deal with an option to buy.
How will Kurt Zouma help West ham defensively.
Kurt Zouma plays like a ball stopping centre back who doesn’t dribble forward with the ball. Kurt Zouma last season made 3.8 clearances and 0.3 clearances per game. Having Diop or Ogbonna with him in the team centre back pairing. The club can play a more counter-attacking play style. While winning 70% of the aerial duels he is a part of, crosses from deep will be cleared with ease. With the defensive stability at the back, Vladimir Coufal can play in a more attacking position.
Will this transfer benefit Kurt Zouma?
By moving to West Ham, Kurt Zouma will secure prominent game time. He will immediately become the first player on the team starting 11. As Chelsea look to go for Jules Kunde, this move for Kurt Zouma could help him play at a team he is valued at during his prime physique.
With West Ham playing in the Europa League this season, the move for Kurt Zouma makes a lot more sense. If for £20 million, they can get a Champions League winning Centre back, it would be a huge statement for a club to try to secure European football every season.