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Spurs, Palace join West Ham in Zouma interest as Koundé waits for Chelsea in Sevilla — reports

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Kurt Zouma was said to be interested in being part of the Jules Koundé deal, moving the other way to sunny Seville as part of a big-money deal (€70-80m), but it would appear that he’s even more interested in staying closer to home in the Premier League.

Fortunately for him (and us?), there’s interest from at least three London sides, with Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace apparently joining West Ham, who may be testing the waters at around £20m. There was reported interest from the likes of Everton, Wolverhampton, and AS Roma as well previously, so there certainly should be no shortage of options for the 26-year-old were he to leave, which looks likely — and should thus enable us to get something more in return than just West Ham’s lowball. As per the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, our asking price is at least £25m (€30m).

Meanwhile, with or without Zouma, Chelsea continue to push for Jules Koundé, who waits patiently (or not so patiently) in Sevilla. Diario de Sevilla (via Sport Witness) claim that Koundé’s “getting nervous” thanks to the uncertainty caused by Zouma’s situation, but at the end of the day, it really shouldn’t matter if Zouma himself is included in the deal or simply the fees received for him are — swap deals after all are rare, and very complicated, at best.

In any case, Chelsea look determined to get this deal done, as the Athletic report, and will do so regardless of how directly or indirectly Zouma may be involved in it. And hopefully Happy finds a solution that he’s happy with at the same as well!