Tottenham register interest in signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma as West Ham scrap transfer pursuit

Kurt Zouma is open to a move away from Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham have expressed an interest in signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma as their search for a new centre back continues. 

The north London club have already signed Argentinian defender Cristian Romero from Atalanta during this summer’s transfer window, but are understood to want one more player in that position with new Spurs boss Nuno Espritio Santo hoping to play his preferred five-at-the-back tactic this season.

Zouma, who was a regular at Stamford Bridge before the arrival of new manager Thomas Tuchel last year, is reportedly open to a move away from the club.

With the French international’s contract due to run out in 2023, Chelsea could cash in on him this summer. 

Since Tuchel’s appointment in January, Zouma has played just 13 times in all competitions for Chelsea.

Tuchel started Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and young central defender Trevoh Chalobah over Zouma in the club’s first Premier League game of the season at home to Crystal Palace. 

Trevoh Chalobah’s impressive recent performances has added to Zouma’s worries (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea won, kept a clean sheet and Chalobah scored on his debut, providing a selection headache for the Blues’ boss. 

With Thiago Silva, Reece James and Cesar Azpiliqueta also able to play in central defence, it is thought that Zouma’s game time this year could be severely depleted. 

Chelsea are also interested in a move for Sevilla’s Jules Kounde and should a move for him come to fruition between now and the end of the window,  it would push Zouma even further down the pecking order.

West Ham wanted to bring Zouma to east London this summer, however it is understood that he rejected the chance to speak to the Hammers. 

Back in May, Tuchel admitted it was ‘unfair’ on Zouma to select his German compatriot Rudiger ahead of him. 

‘Since day one we chose him in the first match, it was an unfair decision against Kurt, but he is German and I had a clear picture of what he can do because I followed him a bit more than Kurt Zouma,’ Tuchel said.

‘So it was an unfair decision and I had a clear picture of what I can ask of him and what he is capable of delivering to a team.’

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