An update has emerged about West Ham’s pursuit of Kurt Zouma this week…
According to Sky Sports, the 26-year-old colossus is still a key target for the Irons, with just one week to go in the transfer window. The addition of a new central defender has been a top priority for manager David Moyes for several weeks now.
“We’re told that they remain interested in signing Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma,” revealed Sky Sports News presenter Tom White. “This is just into us right now. We’ve been told that there is a deal to be done between the clubs. Chelsea’s asking price is believed to be £25m.”
“That isn’t the stumbling block, though. We’re told that the stumbling block is personal terms, which might be difficult to agree [on].”
The Athletic’s David Ornstein has provided further information into the situation, claiming in a recent column that Zouma is demanding an increase on his reported £46k-per-week wages at Stamford Bridge to around £125k-per-week.
Whilst it may seem like a considerable increase for a player that is currently not first-choice for the Champions League winners, the Hammers run the risk of missing out and signing nobody in the role.
You could also justify splashing that much on a player that has contributed towards that aforementioned triumph, as well as two Premier League titles.
That’s not to mention the fact that Andriy Yarmolenko is currently the highest-earner at the London Stadium, taking home a whopping £115k-per-week, via Spotrac. The Ukraine international only started one league game last season. What a waste of money.
Zouma, however, would walk right into Moyes’ starting XI and be a leader in the backline.
Once hailed as a “beast of a player” by England and Premier League legend John Terry, the 26-year-old powerhouse has made 165 appearances in the top-flight, whilst his 27 games across all European competitions will come as a benefit when the Irons’ Europa League campaign gets underway.
Last season, only three other centre-backs were better on the ball, with the Chelsea star averaging a passing accuracy of 90.6%. He was also a beast in the air, winning 3.6 aerial duels per match, which was more than every one of Moyes’ current options, as per WhoScored.
Valued at €30m (£26m) by CIES Football Observatory, it’s evident that West Ham would be getting a great deal at a reported £25m, so they should look to stump up the necessary funds to secure him.
There’s a week to go, GSB must pay up to secure Moyes his man. They’re risking disaster by not doing so.