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Chelsea pushing to sign their next transfer target as Kurt Zouma joins West Ham

Kurt Zouma/ Jules Kounde (Nick Potts/ PA Wire via DPA)

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea have confirmed that they have sold defender Kurt Zouma to West Ham, with the deal likely to pave the way for their final big move of this transfer window.

France centre-half Zouma has agreed a four-year contract after joining for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £25million.

“I’m very happy and very proud,” Zouma told West Ham TV. “My conversation with the manager went very fast. I just felt like he really wanted me to come and join the team, especially a good team that’s started the season very, very well.

“With the great season that West Ham had last year, that gave the team a lot of confidence to improve this year – and I want to help the team do that.”

Zouma’s has been a long time target for Hammers boss David Moyes who stated: “I am delighted to welcome Kurt to West Ham United. He is a player we have tracked for some time, and we have taken great care and diligence to make the transfer happen. He was always our first choice and I am very happy that he is now our player.

“Kurt will join a squad full of players who are hungry and ambitious. He will provide competition to our squad. He is a strong, powerful player with great experience in the Premier League while he is also at a good age for a centre-back.

“Kurt has enjoyed great success at Chelsea and I can see that he is determined to continue being successful here at the London Stadium. Myself, the coaching staff and players are all looking forward to working with him and we wish him all the very best in his career with us.”

Zouma won two Premier League titles and a Champions League winners’ medal with the Blues and brings the experience Hammers boss David Moyes was looking for to strengthen his defence.

Now all eyes will turn to Chelsea's pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, with their push to sign the 22-year-old on hold until they confirmed the exit of Zouma.

Chelsea are still trying to negotiate a fee with Sevilla for their French star Kounde, with their hopes of signing him for around £40million appearing to be forlorn as the Spanish club hold out for a bigger fee.

Yet the word from Chelsea insiders in recent days has been that if Zouma was sold to West Ham, it would trigger the arrival of Kounde, so expect this deal to be completed before Tuesday's transfer deadline.

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