Kurt Zouma: West Ham close to signing France defender from Chelsea

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Kurt Zouma, a former captain of France U21, has won eight caps for senior France.

West Ham is closing in on the 25m sign of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.

David Moyes, manager of Hammers, has been determined to strengthen his team ahead of their return in European competition.

Zouma, 26 years old, is currently undergoing a medical. It is understood that personal terms have been negotiated.

Thomas Tuchel has not yet regarded the France defender as a long-term prospect. He is currently focusing on Jules Kounde, Sevilla's France defender.

Zouma, a 19-year old from St Etienne, joined Chelsea in January 2014. He has also had loan spells with Stoke and Everton in the Premier League.

He has appeared in 151 games for the Blues in all competitions and scored 10 goals.

West Ham started the season in a great fashion. They won back-to-back against Newcastle and Leicester, to be at the top of the Premier League after just two games.

Moyes is aware that West Ham needs more players to continue their progress after the Europa League and league football start to take an impact.