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Zouma Deal Close

As the January transfer window enters it`s final few hours, the overnight news intimates that Chelsea are very close to signing a defender.

It would appear that our apparent interest in the St Etienne centre back Kurt Zouma could see a deal being struck today.

The reports we stumbled across infer that Chelsea and the French club have agreed a fee of somewhere in the region of 13.3 million.

However, we`re unlikely to see the player appear in a Chelsea shirt this season as we understand one of the terms and conditions of the deal was that Zouma would be loaned back to St Etienne until the end of the current season.

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 31 2014

Time: 7:39AM

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Hopefully a top future prospect. But we could have really used a striker, even a loan move for some promising young player, just another option besides Eto'o. Torres is getting more injury prone, while Jose just doesn't seem to trust BA one bit. It's a big weakness for us right now. :(
Good buy. He is strong, fast n good in the air. He may also become a future captain not just in cfc but france too. Good luck KURT ZOUMA!!
There is a picture of him flying around on twitter where he was holding the chelsea shirt over there at cobham. Don't know how original the picture is but we should expect a confirmation from the club very soon if true.
don delsy
A good prospect and i wont mind his signature.
Mancity going for porto pair eliaquim mangala n fernando.
It's a photoshop pic.
Any news about walace from inter?the boy has not been playing and he should have been recalled n loaned elsewhere.
Buying kourt means omeruo and kalas has simply not convinced mou enough. Hope he comes here and impress
Skynews:cfc refused to comment but st etienne atleast accepted the deal is there.
Good buy but are we going to trust him enough to include him in next year team? Not sure. Trust me he will be loan out next season and gradually fade away. We already have few players of similar qualities on loans.
jollyheart Torres
blue5, Wallace doesn't have a visa and he can't set foot in England at the moment, so unless Chelsea find a new club to loan him to they can't recall him.
Fernando of Porto would free Matic and Mikel to attack. He's a real DM.
Chelsea have confirmed kourt zuma has signed.
nwobi ebuka
@foreign_viewer.Free Mikel to attack,what?ha ha.Best joke I've heard this year,so far.
@cobhamblue thanks.hope he gets a new team though
Unnecessary signing, we don't need another young CB.... what has happened to Chalobah, Kalas, Ake, Omeruo.... Just bring back PVA and Bertrand for LB, move Azpi back to RB, and we will have Cahil, JT, Luiz at CB... Iva can be back-up for both RB and CB... 7th signing of the season....
Mikel can attack and score. He does it for Nigeria. You know that.
Why spend 13-16m on a player that may not get into the 1st team in 2 years? What becomes of the so many 18-24 year old defenders we have loaned out/in the academy? At times am forced to think we just buy players in order to stop our rivals having them. Hope he proves me wrong!
jim shimfe
@F V. You keep talking about other players as "real DM's" so you don't think we have already got any. Come on man stop putting down our team. It must be such fun being you!
lmao, Jim shife, u know what u have to do, save this article and check back after a year.
Opta:zouma is the youngest player to have made over 100 clearances in europe's big 5 leagues in 2013/14 so far!
the lad is a young beast, if mourinho work on him he's going to be the best CBs in the world soon
Would be nice if this deal seals Mikel having to make way for Luiz in the midfield. Would also ease up tension here not having to deal with irrational demograpicaly biased fans.
Pavel Permiachkin
It's a global game. Not like NFL "football" or "World" Series baseball. If Mikel leaves the fans will remain.
It's a global game. Not like NFL "football" or "World" Series baseball. If Mikel leaves the fans will remain.

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