Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma appears to have an extremely uncertain future, with his move to West Ham United now in jeopardy, football.london understands.
football.london had previously reported that a deal to take the Frenchman to the London Stadium was close after the two clubs had agreed on a fee of £25m.
Meanwhile, the centre-back was also deep in negotiations with the Hammers regarding personal terms, with progress having been made on a potential deal and a medical thought to take place sooner rather than later.
His transfer exit would certainly have been a considerable boost to Chelsea in the final few days of the transfer window as the Blues attempt to negotiate the late arrivals of Jules Kounde and Saul Niguez from Sevilla and Atletico Madrid respectively. Meanwhile, he would have been just the centre back that David Moyes was looking for.
However, following reports from French outlet Telefoot, football.london understands that the deal is indeed in doubt.
The reason for the problem is that “multiple” agents are thought to be involved in the deal and that an aspect of the deal has gone awry in negotiations. However, both sides are attempting to keep discussions going in the hope that a compromise can be found.
It currently remains to be seen whether Zouma will remain at Chelsea or not, or become a West Ham player.
The 26-year-old has just two years remaining on his current contract at Stamford Bridge and had been linked with Sevilla, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, alongside West Ham’s interest.
Zouma has yet to appear in the Premier League this season, with his only appearance coming in the UEFA Super Cup victory against Villarreal.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has previously admitted that Zouma was unfortunate to have been out of the team under his tutelage.
Talking earlier this month, the German said: “Kurt comes from a very different situation. He has been with the team for half a year and I know what he can give to the team. He was part of a very successful half season. He had some tough decisions against him.”
Source by Football London