West Ham transfer news: Deal for Kurt Zouma appears difficult, talks held over Nikola Milenkovic

David Moyes is looking to strengthen his central defensive options ahead of the new campaign; West Ham have made only two senior signings so far this summer – Craig Dawson and Alphonse Areola

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Image: West Ham hold an interest in Kurt Zouma and Nikola Milenkovic, with David Moyes keen to add a centre-back to his squad

West Ham remain in talks with Chelsea over defender Kurt Zouma - but a deal currently appears very difficult to complete, with Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic emerging as a more realistic option.

Zouma is West Ham's primary target and it is thought the Frenchman is very open to a move to the London Stadium.

The difficulty lies in the valuation - with Chelsea thought to want in the region of £25m - and Zouma's wages.

If a deal cannot be struck, the 26-year-old is happy to remain at Chelsea where he has a contract that runs until 2023.

West Ham are keeping their options open and have been in talks with Fiorentina over Milenkovic.

Kurt Zouma has played just 13 times in all competitions since Thomas Tuchel's arrival at Chelsea
Image: West Ham want to bring Zouma to the London Stadium - but a deal is looking difficult

The 23-year-old Serbia international, who has been with Fiorentina since 2017, has only one year left on his current contract.

Chelsea have also been exploring using Zouma as part of a deal to sign Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

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While not impossible, Zouma's preference is to remain in London. Chelsea are likely to proceed with a deal for Kounde regardless of whether Zouma is included or not.

Sevilla also thought to be interested in German defender Jerome Boateng.

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