West Ham target Chelsea's Kurt Zouma after sealing Alphonse Areola loan

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West Ham target Chelsea's Kurt Zouma after sealing Alphonse Areola loan - GETTY IMAGES
West Ham target Chelsea's Kurt Zouma after sealing Alphonse Areola loan - GETTY IMAGES

Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma is a summer transfer target for West Ham as David Moyes looks to bolster his defence for European football next season.

Zouma, 26, lost his regular place in the starting line-up at Stamford Bridge following Thomas Tuchel’s appointment and may be considered for a move this summer should West Ham put together a deal worth around £25million.

The French defender has two years left on his contract at the club and Tuchel would consider his departure with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Thiago Silva at the club and Sevilla’s Jules Koundé under consideration as an arrival.

West Ham have confirmed the signing of France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan with an option of a permanent deal at the end of the campaign. Zouma is on their radar at centre-back and Moyes would also take full-back cover.

“Obviously we have the Europa League and the Premier League and the two cups, so it will be a tough season and a long season but I think we’re going to enjoy it all together,” Areola said.

Moyes added: "Alphonse is an experienced and talented goalkeeper who has played at the highest level and performed very well in the Premier League last season.

"We have been aware of his qualities for a long time and we have no doubt he will be another player and character who will enhance our squad."

Chelsea are looking to complete deals for players not in Tuchel’s plans for 2021/22 and have already loaned out Billy Gilmour to Norwich City. England Under-21 midfielder Conor Gallagher is also set for another season away from the club with Crystal Palace set to offer him regular games under Patrick Vieira.

Zouma’s possible departure is likely to be on a permanent deal following seven seasons at the club which has included loan spells at Stoke City and Everton. They will still stand to make a healthy profit on the £12.5million they paid St Etienne in 2014.

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