Everton are “pushing hard” to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before next week’s transfer deadline, claims a report.
The 25-year-old centre-back spent the entire 2018/19 season at Goodison Park on loan from Stamford Bridge.
He returned to London last season and made 43 appearances for Frank Lampard’s men, including 25 Premier League starts.
Zouma started the first two Premier League games for Lampard this season, but he was dropped from the squad that drew with West Brom.
Thiago Silva replaced him at The Hawthorns but his Premier League debut was a baptism of fire as he was too casual in possession, allowing Callum Robinson to score.
And with Silva arriving in west London, Lampard may well listen to offers for Zouma.
According to Le10 Sport via Sport Witness, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti remains keen to sign Zouma and talks are “ongoing”.
Ancelotti has recently admitted he may have to bring in a new centre-back before the window closes after Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite picked up injuries.
“There is a possibility to find a centre-back and I think we have to do so,” said the Italian last month.
“I am not talking about players that are not here.”
Everton though will have to offer in the region of €40m to secure the centre-back’s services and discussions are underway.
Zouma welcomes Silva
Despite the arrival of Brazilian star Silva, threatening Zouma’s starting chances, the French defender has welcomed the added “quality”.
Zouma told the Chelsea’s official website: “We have been trying to help the new players feel well very quickly.
“All the guys have been working very hard so the competition is there – anyone who deserves to play will play and we are going to do great.
“We have a great team and more players came in with great qualities and we want to reach the top.
“We have the quality for that but we know it is not going to be easy, the other teams are also good. The league is very tough, but of course we want to do better than last year and win some trophies.”