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Report: Chelsea, St. Etienne agree on Zouma fee

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Yesterday, St. Etienne stated that they were in no hurry to sell Kurt Zouma in the current transfer window and that unless they received a bid they really liked, any purchase might have had to wait until summer. That might merely have been a negotiating ploy to get a nicer bid, because lo and behold, a report out of France today indicates that the Ligue 1 club and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the talented youngster.

Details are sketchy -- it looks like we're going to be sending €15 million to St. Etienne and then will sign Zouma to a (not yet agreed) five-and-a-half year deal, and furthermore it seems as though he won't actually be getting to Stamford Bridge until the 2014/15 season, which indicates a six-month loan back for the youngster. Don't take this as a done deal just yet, but it's definitely something to keep an eye on as we head into the transfer window's final hours.