By Danny Mills

24th Jul, 2019 | 7:02pm

Exclusive: Mills claims Everton could still sign 'fabulous athlete' after manager admission


Danny Mills has claimed that Everton could still get a deal done for Kurt Zouma despite Frank Lampard admitting he wants to keep him at Chelsea.

The former England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the 24-year-old defender will be looked at by the Chelsea boss over pre-season but that there was no guarantee of him making it into the final 25-man squad at Stamford Bridge.

Lampard has already said he wants Zouma as part of his squad, a transfer embargo leaving him unable to sign new players, and the defender has admitted that he thinks his future will be with the Blues rather than the Toffees.

With Zouma also stating that he wants to be playing regularly in a bid to secure a place in France’s Euro 2020 squad, Mills says a deal could be done later in summer as Lampard gets an idea of who he really wants in his side.

“Zouma’s a quality player, a fabulous athlete,” Mills told Football Insider.

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“Obviously he’s gone away and played pretty well, started to perform at Everton. They have adequate replacements in that position but yeah, strength in depth, a player that was already at the club.

“Don’t be surprised – he might stay at Chelsea for a bit but Frank hasn’t named his 25-man squad yet so until that comes around, Zouma may well not get into that for whatever reason and there’s the possibility of a deal being done somewhere.”

The powerhouse defender, who stands at an imposing 6ft 3in, featured 36 times for Everton last season, establishing himself as a first-choice centre back under Marco Silva.

He has also played 71 times for Chelsea during his time at Stamford Bridge, with serious injuries curtailing his career.

In other Everton news, Darren Bent has tipped a “big prospect” at Goodison Park to turn down the opportunity to leave the club this summer.