West Ham set to bid £20m for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma with French centre-back preferring to join another London club than move to Sevilla as a makeweight in Jules Kounde deal
- West Ham are preparing an offer of £20million for Chelsea defender Zouma
- 26-year-old has been linked with move away from Stamford Bridge this summer
- He is settled in London and would prefer a move across the capital than abroad
- Zouma could be used as a makeweight in Chelsea’s effort to sign Jules Kounde
- Sevilla defender has buy-out clause of £68.4m with Chelsea trying to strike deal
Zouma, 26, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea pursue Sevilla and France centre-back Kounde ahead of the new season.
The Hammers are poised to make an opening bid but it is likely to be beneath Chelsea’s valuation.
Kurt Zouma is attracting interest from West Ham with an offer of £20million imminent
The offer is expected to be lower than Chelsea’s valuation of Zouma with the defender preferring to move to another London club than abroad
Zouma is settled in London and, as it stands, would welcome a move to another club in the capital ahead of being part of any potential swap deal for Kounde.
Kounde, 22, has a buy-out clause of £68.4million and three years remaining on his contract but cash-strapped Sevilla are open to selling him this summer.
They have already rejected a proposal from Tottenham of cash plus defender Davinson Sanchez but that hasn’t deterred Chelsea from trying to strike a cash-plus-player deal.
There have been suggestions Zouma would be used as a makeweight in Chelsea’s offer for the Sevilla defender Jules Kounde this summer
Zouma fell out of favour when Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager last season
Chelsea signed Zouma from French club Saint-Etienne for around £12m back in January 2014. He has since played 150 games for the club but has also been loaned out to Stoke City and Everton.
In that time, Zouma has won two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the Champions League.
Having been a regular starter at centre-back under Frank Lampard in the first half of last season, he fell out of favour when Thomas Tuchel took over in January.
He remained an unused substitute in both the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City and the Champions League final win over Manchester City.
Zouma did complete a handful of Premier League matches after Tuchel became manager but the arrival of another centre-half would have pushed him further down the pecking order in the season ahead.