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Everton open talks with Chelsea over permanent Zouma transfer

Everton have reportedly opened talks with Chelsea over a permanent deal for defender Kurt Zouma.

The France international enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Goodison Park last season, making 32 appearances and helping Everton to the joint-best defensive record outside of the Premier League‘s top four, conceding 46 goals.

Everton are now keen to secure the signing of the 24-year-old on a permanent basis, and the Telegraph are reporting that the Toffees have opened talks with Chelsea over a deal to take the defender back to Merseyside.

Everton’s hopes of securing a deal for Zouma are complicated by Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban, with Chelsea unable to sign a replacement should they sanction his sale.

Zouma could be kept at Stamford Bridge to replace veteran defender Gary Cahill who has been allowed to leave, however youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Ethan Ampadu are also options.

Everton will hope they can secure a deal for a second of last seasons loan stars, after agreeing a £22m deal with Barcelona for midfielder Andre Gomes.

Like Zouma, Gomes impressed during a temporary spell at Marco Silva’s side last season and the Portuguese international now looks set to return to the club on a permanent basis.

See also – Five of the Premier League’s most drawn-out transfer sagas