Report provides update on Everton's hopes of landing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma

Manager of Everton Marco Silva looks on during the Pre-Season Friendly between Everton and Valencia at Goodison Park on August 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Everton were linked with a deadline day loan swoop for Chelsea's Premier League youngster Kurt Zouma, but the transfer window has now closed.

Everton manager Marco Silva during the Pre-Season Friendly at Gigg Lane on July 18, 2018 in Bury, England.

Last season, Everton had to contend with a defensive partnership of two 30-somethings whose best days were well behind them. But heading into the 2018/19 campaign, Marco Silva could partner two of the most promising young centre-backs around at Goodison Park.

The Toffees completed the protracted signing of Barcelona’s Colombia international Yerry Mina on deadline day for a fee of around £28.5 million, according to the Mail. And Kurt Zouma could still join him on Merseyside, even though the transfer window slammed shut at 5:00pm on Thursday.

 

Everton were linked with a last-gasp deadline day loan swoop for the promising Chelsea starlet and it seems that the deal is expected to go through.

The Mail adds that Everton managed to file the appropriate paperwork before Thursday’s 7:00pm deadline and Zouma will therefore be confirmed as an Everton player at some time on Friday.

Stoke player Kurt Zouma in action during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Bet365 Stadium on November 29, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England.

The 23-year-old will arrive under scrutiny after struggling during a loan spell at Stoke City last season, suffering relegation from the Premier League. But, before suffering that dreadful cruciate ligament injury in the spring of 2016, Zouma was seen as one of the best young defenders around.

The two-time France international, who moved to Stamford Bridge from St Etienne in 2014 for £12 million (BBC), initially looked the real deal at Chelsea and he will be hoping to find his top form once again under Silva.

Kurt Zouma of Chelsea and Daryl Janmaat of Watford battle for possession during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge on May 15, 2017 in London, England.

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