By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

21st Sep, 2021 | 10:10am

Frank McAvennie: West Ham beat off big competition for Kurt Zouma

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Frank McAvennie is pleased with the start Kurt Zouma has made to life at West Ham after his summer switch from Chelsea.

Zouma, 26, joined the Irons on a four-year deal in August after a £29.8million deal [Sky Sports] was agreed between the London clubs.

The France international, capped 10 times by his country, won multiple major honours with Chelsea before his summer exit, including two Premier Leagues and a Champions League.

Now in east London, he was named on the bench against Southampton on September 11 before making his debut four days later in the 2-0 Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

He kept his place for the narrow 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, and McAvennie likes what he’s seen.

“I did say he was a good player,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone. “He’s a commanding centre-half, just what they needed.

“They’ve got boys who can run the ball but he’s a powerful and big player.

I’m delighted. I’m convinced there must have been other teams in for him.”

David Moyes paired Zouma with Angelo Ogbonna on Sunday, and they look likely to be his first-choice centre-backs going forward.

The duo offer good balance with Ogbonna as a left-footed option, and Zouma’s athleticism can cover for the Italian’s dwindling pace.

Craig Dawson is likely to take more of a backseat now, while Issa Diop could be restricted to cup outings.

In other West Ham news, Andy Townsend & Adrian Durham clash over Declan Rice demand amid Manchester United controversy.

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