St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma

Manchester City and Liverpool will receive competiton from the top guns on the continent for the services of Saint Etienne youngster Kurt Zouma, according to talkSPORT.

Zouma, a known target for Seria A club Inter Milan, could leave France when the January window opens and in an effort to freshen up an ageing defense, Inter could dig deep to secure his services.

The Italians are currently leading the race, but other senior European clubs are picking up on the center-half’s talents.

Sources suggest that as much as eight top sides are monitoring the U-20 World Cup champion , who has already established himself as a solid Ligue 1 asset.

Bayer Leverkusen, Atletico Madrid, and big spenders Monaco are potential bidders, and Saint Etienne’s resolve to hold on to Zouma looks like it will be seriously tested in the new year.

Despite his young age, the Loirians have already fielded the youngster 48 times at top level.