An update has emerged on Everton target Kurt Zouma, regarding interest from two other Premier League sides.
According to Sky Sports, Tottenham and West Ham are both interested in signing the Toffees transfer target from Chelsea this month. He is said to be the Hammers’ priority target as David Moyes looks to bolster his squad.
The French centre-back, who has been linked with a move to Everton this summer, is said to be available for a fee in the region of £25m.
Rafa Benitez must push Marcel Brands to cough up the £25m required to sign the powerhouse from Chelsea this month. With West Ham and Spurs now sniffing around for his services, the Toffees may not have long to swoop in and get a deal done for Zouma. If they leave it too long then it could allow one of their rivals to snap him up before they have a chance, which is why the Spanish boss should be urging the club to make their move.
Zouma is a rather curious case because his statistics on paper last season had him down as Chelsea’s best-performing centre-back in both the Champions League and Premier League – ranking 1st and 2nd in the entire squad overall. He averaged a WhoScored rating of 7.14 in five European outings and a score of 7.07 in 24 league appearances.
After a draw with Southampton last season, Thomas Tuchel praised the defender for his ‘top-level’ performance on the pitch. He said:
“It is a process and I’ve learnt a lot of positives about Zouma. I was very happy with Kurt’s performance. We decided very late to put him on the pitch but he put in a very good game. I thought he was solid, he was a presence back there and he was very clear in his actions. He performed his role at a top level, which pleased me.”
However, he now appears set to head out of the door at Stamford Bridge, with Thomas Tuchel preferring others ahead of him at centre-back. This may be down to style of play or guarantees needed over playing time, although it is impossible to know without Tuchel or Zouma speaking about it openly.
Whatever the reason, Everton should now look to profit from it. Last season, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane averaged WhoScored ratings of 6.92 and 6.86 respectively in the Premier League, which suggests that Zouma was performing to a higher level than them whilst playing in the same competition. By impressing in the Champions League, he also showed that he can excel at the very top level – should Everton ever make it back to European competition.
Zouma has also been described as a “beast” by one of the Premier League’s greatest-ever centre-backs in former Chelsea teammate John Terry, so it would be wise to listen to someone who has won five top-flight titles, five FA Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League.
This means that he could come in and prove to be an upgrade on both of them if he is able to maintain his form and they do not improve on their previous attempts. Therefore, Brands must get on the phone to Chelsea to bring the French international to Goodison Park to bolster Benitez’s squad.