By Noel Whelan

21st Aug, 2021 | 8:56pm

Pundit backs Zouma to make 'easy transition' to West Ham after Sky update

Noel Whelan has insisted Kurt Zouma could make an “easy transition” from Chelsea to West Ham before the end of the transfer window.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested a move to the Irons would give the 26-year-old the game time he wants.

As reported by Sky Sports (August 18th), West Ham have made Zouma their top centre-back target and the defender is said to be open to a move.

There is reportedly some difficulty in a deal being struck due to Chelsea’s £25million valuation and Zouma’s wage demands.

However, Whelan suggested there is plenty going in the Hammers’ favour to strike a deal.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think it’d be an easy transition. He’s probably not going to be needing to move home.

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“It’s a club in Europe, a club that whatever he would be paid, would be one of their first-choice centre-halves.

“The transition is already there when it comes to English football. He’s been here a long, long time now. He is a very dominant centre-half, there’s no doubt about that.

“A very powerful player, very good in the air and dangerous and committed in both areas, going forward and defending.

“There’s a lot of competition at Chelsea, he’s been in and out of the side. This could be a move that makes him one of those concrete players in the first team every single week.

“I think that’s what these sort of players need. He’s had a very successful time, won everything at Chelsea. Maybe a new challenge is on the horizon.”

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