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West Ham confirm signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea

Max Cooper
Zouma has joined West Ham from Chelsea
Zouma has joined West Ham from Chelsea / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images
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West Ham United have completed the signing of Chelsea star Kurt Zouma, who joins the Hammers in a deal worth around £25m.

The 26-year-old underwent his medical at the London Stadium on Thursday, with the transfer expected to be announced soon after.

And West Ham confirmed that Zouma has now joined the club on Saturday night, following their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

The defender leaves Chelsea after spending seven years in west London, where he went on to become a two-time Premier League title winner, while also earning a Champions League winner's medal under Thomas Tuchel last season.

West Ham have splashed £25m to land the centre-back, with David Moyes confident that Zouma is the man required to help the club progress up the Premier League table.

90min understands that the Hammers have placed so much faith in the Frenchman, that he has become the club's highest earner, increasing his Chelsea salary by almost 50%. However, much of his wage packet is structured in performance-based bonuses.

There had been doubts over whether the deal would go ahead, with concerns over Zouma's contract demands, and then a scare during the defender's medical examination. Fears were expressed over the condition of his knee, having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Chelsea in 2016, but that was not enough to dissuade the Hammers from striking the deal.

Moyes has worked wonders over the past 12 months, masterminding an incredible sixth-place finish last year, which saw the Irons secure Europa League football. Participation in Europe means West Ham's squad could be particularly stretched, and they already lack depth in the centre-back department.

The arrival of Zouma bolsters their backline in impressive fashion and in preparation for a busy season. The former Everton loanee will have to wait until after the international break before making his debut, having not signed in time to play against Palace on Saturday.


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