The Frenchman is yet to win his place back after struggling with injuries but West Brom could offer him the chance to find his form.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis admitted he was scouting three Chelsea players during their FA Cup victory against Brentford, Sky Sports reports, and few players would suit his side better than Kurt Zouma.
The Baggies have adopted a more ambitious approach in the transfer market of late with mooted deals bids for Morgan Schneiderlin, Ignacio Camacho and William Carvalho demonstrating the benefit of their Chinese takeover and the increasing opulence of the Premier League’s perennial mid-table sides.
However, while the aforementioned trio either moved elsewhere or remained in familiar surroundings, West Brom could find that a short-term loan could be their most intelligent signing of the season with Zouma, as well as talented midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, on their radar.
“I was looking at Chelsea’s young players, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, and Zouma,” Pulis confirmed, as reported by Sky Sports.
“We still want to bring players in but they’ll probably be on loan. I can’t see us spending any more money.”
And Zouma in particular stands out as the perfect Pulis signing. The barnstorming Frenchman has only played three games this season, all in the cups, with his chances of gaining match fitness after a cruciate ligament injury restricted by the form of Antonio Conte’s first choice back three.
However, at The Hawthorns, he would find regular match action much easier to come by under a manager who will surely appreciate his aerial prowess, speed along the ground and powerful, front foot defending.
After all, the pragmatic Pulis transformed Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley into one of the league’s most consistent partnerships against all the odds and his defence-first gameplan would surely get the best out of Zouma, a physical throwback perfectly suited to an organised, no-nonsense set up.