West Ham United remain interested in signing Kurt Zouma before Deadline Day but now they face competition for his signature…
According to Sky Sports, the Chelsea centre-back is the Irons’ ‘primary target’ and the Frenchman is ‘open to a move’ to the London Stadium, though a £25m valuation and his £65k-per-week wages could make a move difficult.
And now they have been joined by Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to secure him.
The 26-year-old is one of several centre-backs that Spurs are reportedly looking at, whilst he could be used in a swap deal with Sevilla for their defender, Jules Kounde.
Although, Zouma would ideally like to remain in London, where he currently is under contract until 2023.
West Ham have seen plenty of targets come and go throughout the window, leaving Moyes with just the one senior addition this summer – back-up goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who has joined on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
It’s believed that a new centre-back is a top priority for the Scotsman before the end of the month. And that should hardly come as a surprise given the exit of Fabian Balbuena this summer and their defensive frailties against Newcastle United on Sunday.
The Hammers leaked two goals against the Magpies before going on to win 4-2, with veteran Craig Dawson receiving plenty of flak for his performance. As relayed by The Transfer Tavern, the 31-year-old was lambasted as a “donkey” and described as “absolutely woeful.”
A worrying prospect with a Europa League campaign on the horizon.
Zouma would not bring a wealth of experience in both the top-flight and across Europe but also some much-needed quality to an ageing backline.
Described as a “beast of a player” by Premier League and Chelsea legend John Terry, the £26m-rated colossus averaged a whopping 3.6 aerial duels won and 1.2 interceptions per game, as well as a mighty impressive 90.6% passing accuracy across the 2020/21 season, as per WhoScored.
Only three other centre-backs were better on the ball in the entire league, none of which were from the London Stadium, whilst Dawson (2.6), Angelo Ogbonna (2.3) and Issa Diop (1.3) were also some way off matching his aerial presence.
Therefore, it’s evident that Zouma would be an instant upgrade in Moyes’ backline and considering the Scotsman desperately needs additions, it would be wise for GSB to just stump up what is required to secure him.
The Irons hierarchy must secure Moyes his man before August 31st.