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The defender moves across London to represent the Hammers, who are currently independent of Chelsea at the Premier League summit
West Ham United have completed a £ 29.8 million ($ 41 million) signing of Chelsea and France defender Kurt Zouma, Hammers confirmed on Saturday.
Zouma, 26, was left out of the Blues’ squad for this weekend’s clash with Liverpool as his move over London approached.
And he has now been confirmed as the Hammers’ latest arrival after signing a four-year deal at the club, leaving the door open for more transfer activity back at Stamford Bridge.
What was said?
“West Ham United are delighted to announce that France’s international Kurt Zouma has signed until the summer of 2025,” West Ham confirmed on their official website on Saturday.
The 26-year-old central defender joins for an undisclosed fee from Chelsea, where he accumulated two Premier League titles, a UEFA Champions League winning medal and an EFL Cup winning medal over the course of a seven-year career.
“An enormous talent that boasts great pace, strength, technical prowess and the experience of 165 Premier League and 27 European appearances at the top level, Zouma further strengthens manager David Moyes’ best West Ham team ahead of their first ever venture into the group players in the Europa League. “
Zouma told Hammer’s official 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.”
Manager David Moyes 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. “
The bigger picture
Zouma is West Ham’s third big signing of the summer window after previously taking on Watford defender Craig Dawson and Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
He joins a team at the top where the Hammers are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and are right in first place after three games, after being in sixth place last season with the 65 points club’s best move ever since the competition changed its name in 1992- 93.
His exit, meanwhile, opens the door for Chelsea to continue their pursuit of Sevilla star Jules Kounde, who the club hopes to land for a fee in the region of around € 60- € 65m (£ 51m / $ 56m).