West Ham remain in talks with Chelsea over defender Kurt Zouma – but a deal currently appears very difficult to complete, with Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic emerging as a more realistic option.
Zouma is West Ham’s primary target and it is thought the Frenchman is very open to a move to the London Stadium.
The difficulty lies in the valuation – with Chelsea thought to want in the region of £25m – and Zouma’s wages.
If a deal cannot be struck, the 26-year-old is happy to remain at Chelsea where he has a contract that runs until 2023.
West Ham are keeping their options open and have been in talks with Fiorentina over Milenkovic.
The 23-year-old Serbia international, who has been with Fiorentina since 2017, has only one year left on his current contract.
Chelsea have also been exploring using Zouma as part of a deal to sign Sevilla’s Jules Kounde.
While not impossible, Zouma’s preference is to remain in London. Chelsea are likely to proceed with a deal for Kounde regardless of whether Zouma is included or not.
Sevilla also thought to be interested in German defender Jerome Boateng.
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