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West Ham willing to selling established player for “significant” amount this summer

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West Ham will accept a “significant” offer for Kurt Zouma if it arrives in the summer transfer window, according to a fresh update regarding his future.

The 29-year-old joined the Hammers from Chelsea back in 2021, becoming a key figure over the past three years and winning the UEFA Europa Conference League.

In total, Zouma has made 103 appearances in a West Ham shirt, invariably being one of David Moyes’ main centre-backs, but his future at the London Stadium is now up in the air.

The France international is out of contract in east London next summer, which means this upcoming transfer window is the last realisitic opportunity for the Hammers to receive a healthy fee for his services.

According to a new report from Football Insider, West Ham will now give the green light to a “significant” offer for the former Chelsea defender, although his exit is far from a given:

“West Ham will sell Kurt Zouma this summer if they receive a ‘significant’ offer in the transfer window. Speaking on the latest edition of Football Insider’s Inside Track podcast, senior correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed that interest has emerged from clubs in Saudi Arabia, with a possible exit deal on the cards in the transfer window.

“However, sources also say it would be a surprise to see Zouma, 29, pushed out of the club due to his role as the club captain.”

There are definite arguments both ways when it comes to Zouma’s future, with the Frenchman still clearly a formidable player when he is fit and firing.

At 29, he is in his prime as a defender, which shouldn’t change until he edges towards his mid 30s, and he is a proven leader at a time when other established names could move on.

That being said, there is the threat that West Ham could lose Zouma on a free transfer in 2025, which would be far from ideal, so cashing in on a player turning 30 later this year does have its merits.

It could be that the decision rests with new manager Julen Lopetegui, and if he sees bringing in a younger option this summer as the more sensible choice, he should be trusted.

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