West Ham United enter the battle for £40,000-a-week Chelsea centre-back

West Ham United are considering a move for Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma, as David Moyes eyes reinforcements in the defensive unit. France international has been identified as the perfect target, with the Hammers even set to fork out £20m for the services of the defender.

Formerly of David Moyes’ old club Everton, Kurt has been deemed surplus to required by the German manager at London club. Chelsea are even open to using him as a makeweight in a deal to add top target Jules Kounde. But Zouma is keen on remaining in London rather than moving to Sevilla, which has put the Hammers on red alert.

West Ham United are in the market for new defenders this transfer window in their bid to not only impress in the PL but also in the UEL. They have recently roped in PSG shot-stopper Alphonse Areola, following a successful loan spell at Fulham last campaign.

Kurt, too, has a vast amount of experience in English football, having mustered a total of 165 PL games during his time at Chelsea, Stoke City and Everton.

Unfortunately, Zouma has fallen out of favour under the German manager, starting in only seven games last campaign and falling behind the likes of Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger in the pecking order.

His role in the first team is ready to diminish further, with the Blues keen on bringing Jules from Sevilla. It opens the door for Kurt Zouma to eye a move elsewhere, with the Hammers appearing to be the perfect destination.