By Nick Ware

26th Aug, 2021 | 3:15pm

Fabrizio Romano: West Ham and Chelsea complete Kurt Zouma paperwork

West Ham and Chelsea have completed the paperwork for the potential transfer of Kurt Zouma, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Italian journalist, writing via his personal Twitter profile, claims there is just one element to be sorted before the deal for the 26-year-old becomes official.

He wrote: “Kurt Zouma to West Ham, done deal and here-we-go! Paperworks now completed between Chelsea and West Ham, deal at signing stage – final agents details to be sorted and then official. Fee: €30m [£25.8million]. “

Can this still crumble?

It’s been the most West Ham transfer window in recent memory.

Deals have constantly been reported as being on and imminent, only for negotiations to fall through at the final hurdle over relatively minor details.

Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic was the biggest example of that, but it appears we would be getting our prime target in France international Zouma.

He is a Premier League and Champions League winner, as well as being part of a star-studded international side.

We’ve already heard reports of agent issues in this deal as well, so we’re not counting our chickens just yet.

But Romano is one of the most respected journalists around at the moment and he appears uber-confident that a deal will be sealed soon.

We’re crossing everything that Zouma does indeed end up an Irons player before the end of the summer transfer window.

With just Issa Diop to assist veterans Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna this season, we need reinforcements in the backline.

Zouma would be the perfect addition.

In other West Ham news, the Irons have held preliminary talks over striker & winger signings from Euro clubs.

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