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West Ham have completed the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, tying him to a four-year contract.
Zouma became one of West Ham’s main targets in the last few weeks of the transfer window and they have now got their man. It has been a hunt filled with ups and downs but the result has been positive. The defender is now officially a West Ham United player.
He has moved across London for an undisclosed fee after being at Chelsea since 2014. During that time, and in between loan spells with Saint-Etienne, Stoke City and Everton, Zouma totaled 151 appearances and 10 goals.
Zouma was part of two Premier League-winning teams with Chelsea and contributed to their Champions League triumph this summer. But now a new challenge awaits.
The 26-year-old has put paper on a four-year contract with West Ham, thus completing his transfer to a side that wants to build on a promising year under David Moyes.
Zouma will still have European football on the table after West Ham reached the Europa League group stage. He will hope to make an impression on all fronts.
The Frenchman told the club’s website: “I am very happy and very proud.
“My conversation with the manager went very quickly. I just felt like he really wanted me to join the team, especially a good team that started the season very, very well.
“With the great season that West Ham had last year, it gave the team a lot of confidence to improve this year – and I want to help the team with that.”
– West Ham United (@WestHam) August 28, 2021
It has generally been a slow-burning transfer window for West Ham. Besides making Craig Dawson’s loan from Watford a permanent deal, their only previous new arrival to first-team goalkeeper was Alphonse Areola.
Zouma will help rebuild a rear guard in front of him who was deprived of Fabian Balbuena a few months ago. Moyes now has another option in addition to Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna and Issa Diop.
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Manager added: “I am delighted to welcome Kurt to West Ham United. He is a player we have been tracking for a while 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 wants to join a squad full of players who are hungry and ambitious. He will provide competition to our team. He is a strong, strong player with great experience in the Premier League, while he is also at a good age for a central defender.
“Kurt has had great success at Chelsea and I can see that he is determined to continue to have success here at London Stadium. Myself, the coaching staff and the players are all looking forward to working with him and we wish him all the best in his career with us. ”
The move could pave the way for Chelsea to sign their own defensive goal, Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
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