Tottenham ‘interested in signing Kurt Zouma’ from rivals Chelsea to bolster their defensive options despite previous claims that Blues owner Roman Abramovich doesn’t sell to Spurs
- Tottenham have joined West Ham in the race to sign Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma
- The defender has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel
- Nuno Espirito Santo wants another defender despite signing Cristian Romero
Tottenham are reportedly looking to make a move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have already signed Cristian Romero from Atalanta on a one-year loan deal with an option to buy for £42.5m.
However, the Portuguese manager is eyeing further defensive reinforcements by the end of the summer transfer window.
Tottenham are eyeing a move for centre-back Kurt Zouma from bitter rivals Chelsea
Sky Sports have reported that Zouma is one of a number of defenders that Tottenham are looking into.
Zouma, who has fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge since Chelsea appointed Tuchel, is said to prefer a move that would keep him in London.
It was previously reported that West Ham also hold interest in signing the 26-year-old defender.
Nuno Espirito Santo has signed Cristian Romero (right) but wants another defender in
Zouma’s move could help Chelsea in their pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde
The rise of Trevoh Chalobah and Tuchel’s own desire to land a new defender – with Joules Kounde linked – has meant that the Blues are open to selling for a fee of around £25million.
By selling Zouma, it would help Chelsea fund a move for Kounde who has a £68m release clause at Sevilla.
It’s said that if a deal cannot be struck for Zouma then he will be happy to run out his contract which expires in 2023.
One potential issue for Tottenham is that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich reportedly refuses to sell players to the club’s bitter rivals.
Kurt Zouma didn’t feature in Chelsea’s opening league game but played in their Super Cup win
Former player Carlton Cole has told the story of how Abramovich stopped the striker from moving to Spurs, even after he had already completed a medical.
He told Talksport: ‘I almost joined Spurs. I went and did my medical and everything.
‘Roman Abramovich found out and he said ‘you’ve got to come back, you’re not joining them’. He said ‘you can’t go to Spurs, I don’t do business with them’.’
The only player to leave Chelsea for Tottenham since 2003 was goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, who left on a free transfer in 2009.
Zouma was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s opening Premier League game of the season, though he played 66 minutes in their UEFA Super Cup victory against Villarreal.
Roman Abramovich has previously refused to sell his players to bitter rivals Tottenham