By Adefunmiloye Alani

28th Aug, 2021 | 6:00am

ExWHUemployee: West Ham exploring loan or structured deal for Kurt Zouma

West Ham United are looking for ways to get compensated by Chelsea after discovering an underlying issue during a medical for Kurt Zouma.

According to trusted Hammers insider ExWHUemployee, David Sullivan is hoping a loan or structured deal can be done amid fears over the long-term fitness of the France international centre-back.

Writing on the West Ham Way Patreon while providing additional info on Zouma, Ex said: “David Sullivan is trying to reach a compromise, like he did with (Said) Benrahma.

“They are now exploring a loan deal and/or a structured deal on appearance to compensate for the injury.”

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No one knows exactly what would happen with the defender’s fitness going forward, but the fact remains that West Ham cannot afford to take a risk that could backfire.

Parting with over a fee of £25million and making Zouma their highest paid player clearly show manager David Moyes wants the Frenchman.

However, Sullivan is a shrewd businessman who always weighs the advantages and disadvantages of any risks before reaching a conclusion.

Chelsea are not likely to agree to a loan move as they need cash to fund their other deals in the coming days.

The Blues and the player could also be against getting paid on an appearance basis as Zouma has proven his fitness for many seasons now.

This is a deal that could fall through if both parties refuse to reach a compromise.

The Hammers’ fears are understandable, and one of the positives is that all of these did not happen on the final day of the summer transfer window.

They still have enough time to make a sensible decision, and one could be reached soon.

In other West Ham news, England international wants to join Irons before August 31 deadline.

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