Stoke set to beat rivals to land Chelsea defender

Date published: Thursday 13th July 2017 9:30

Stoke look to have beaten Premier League rivals West Brom to the loan signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.

The Potters and Baggies have reportedly gone head-to-head to try and land the Blues star in a temporary deal this summer, but it is Mark Hughes’ men who appear to have won the race for thee 22-year-old.

The Sun reports that Zouma will likely hire the France international for a £7million fee ahead of the new campaign, a figure that has put off Tony Pulis’ Albion.

Zouma, who is said to be a target for as many as 20 clubs at home and abroad this summer, missed nine months with a cruiciate knee ligament injury but was back in action earlier this year and is keen for regular first-team football.

Zouma could form a central defensive partnership with Potters stalwart Ryan Shawcross and Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi, if the 25-year-old turns last season’s loan switch into a permanent one this summer.

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