Kurt Zouma to get 50% wage increase after completing West Ham move
Kurt Zouma is set to move to West Ham United from Chelsea after agreeing a five-year deal worth £145,000-per-week, according to 90min.
The France international centre-back will become the Hammers’ highest earner after the completion of the £25.8million move, landing nearly a 50% wage increase of what he earned at the Stamford Bridge.
West Ham manager David Moyes played a huge role in getting a deal for the 26-year-old over the line, convincing the club’s majority owner David Sullivan that he was the player he really wanted to bring in.
Agreeing to personal terms had threatened to see the deal fall through despite the fact that both clubs had agreed to a fee as early as Monday.
However, both parties have been able to get things sorted out, and Moyes will be glad to have gotten his man.
Convincing Sullivan to make Zouma the Irons’ highest earner would not have been an easy task, and doing so speaks volumes.
The West Ham boss wanted the Frenchman more than any centre-back, and the player now has to justify his wages and prove that he is worth all the hassles.
The London Stadium outfit currently top the Premier League table after winning both of their opening games of the new campaign in style, and victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend would be perfect.
Having strengthened at the back, Moyes will now hope to get in an attacker capable of delivering, and he will fancy his side’s chances of mounting a stronger top-four challenge this term if he can get in one or two more quality signings to bolster his squad in the final third.
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