By Pranav Shahaney

30th Jul, 2021 | 10:10am

West Ham told to cough up £28m to sign Kurt Zouma

West Ham will reportedly have to pay a fee in the region of £28million to Chelsea if they are to sign Kurt Zouma.

According to The Daily Star, the Hammers and the Blue are £8million apart in their respective valuations of the player who looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

The report states that West Ham are hoping to land him for only £20million, and it’s understood, per Sky Sports’ Dharmesh Seth, that he would prefer a move to the London Stadium over Sevilla who have been involved in the deal as Chelsea want to sign Jules Kounde.

Worth the money?

It’s no secret that we’re looking for a centre-back this summer as we’re in dire need of defensive reinforcements.

Zouma is an established Premier League defender, a good ball player and decent in the air – making him tick three different boxes for David Moyes.

It can be argued that he would be an upgrade on all the defenders we’ve got at the club and instantly make us look like a more structured side without the ball.

However, Chelsea know that there’s a market for his services and at the age of 26, he’s at the perfect age for them to demand a huge fee in order to let go of him.

Former Blues manager Frank Lampard is also a huge fan of the France international.

In December last year, he said, via the club’s official website, “He had injuries and went on loan a couple of times but he trains so well, he doesn’t miss a day, he wants to do extras and be better.

“Those things for me are absolutely fundamental for a player to improve and right now the level he’s playing at week-in, week-out is brilliant.”

Zouma is also deadly on set pieces and for a side that relies a great deal on our scoring from free kicks and corners, he makes a very good case to be signed this summer.

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