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Tottenham face Everton competition in Kurt Zouma pursuit

As reported by the Express, Tottenham will have to stave off competition from fellow Premier League club Everton for the signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma this summer.

The 25-year-old defender has been with Chelsea since 2014, having signed from French club Saint-Etienne. It was our manager Jose Mourinho, who signed him at Stamford Bridge and handed his first-team debut at the club.

Kurt Zouma is a target for Tottenham and Everton

Kurt Zouma is a target for Tottenham and Everton

Zouma had spent the last two seasons out on loan at Stoke City (2017/18) and Everton (2018/19). Having returned to Chelsea last summer, he has featured 33 times across all competitions. In the process, he has contributed with a solitary goal and three assists.

Only last week, reports emerged that Mourinho was keen on signing the Frenchman at Tottenham, as he seeks to bolster the club’s defence. However, we will now have to battle Everton to the signing of the 25-year-old, with the Toffees also intent on securing his services. (h/t Express)

The report states that Everton are exploring the possibility of signing Zouma on another loan deal or a potential swap for a player of their own. Tottenham, on the other hand, want to sign him permanently, with the defender likely to cost £20m.

Given how poor our defence has been this term, it is imperative that we strengthen the backline in the summer. Zouma, though, might not be the best choice. While he can a top defender on his day, he is quite an inconsistent performer, which is not what we need at the moment.

Jose Mourinho is keen on Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma

Jose Mourinho handed Kurt Zouma his Chelsea debut in 2014

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Jose though, seems to rate him very highly. But it remains to be seen if the club are able to afford his services, given the tight financial condition at the moment.

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