Sunderland are eyeing up a loan deal with Chelsea for young defender Kurt Zouma according to the Guardian. The Saint Etienne player will arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer, but could be straight back out of the door if the Black Cats get their wish.
The 19-year-old cost Chelsea around £12 million in January, but he was allowed to complete the season with Saint Etienne before making the move to the Premier League.
OPTIONS AT THE BACK
Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton has a good relationship with Chelsea which may help make the deal happen. With John Terry signed on for another season, and with Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic on board, the Blues could be a little light at the back, especially given David Luiz's departure.
Fellow young defender Tomas Kalas has been allowed to join Cologne on loan, so Chelsea may be reluctant to let Zouma leave.
CHELSEA TRANSFER GOSSIP FROM ELSEWHERE:
It seems as though Victor Moses' time at Chelsea is up, with West Brom said to be his next destination.
A spell on loan at Liverpool didn't work out last season, and now it seems as though the Nigerian will start rebuilding his career with the Baggies, where he'll get plenty of game time. (Express & Star)
Chelsea are seemingly no closer to signing Diego Costa despite Spain's elimination from the World Cup.
A £32 million deal was said to have been wrapped up some time ago but Atletico Madrid's president says the Blues are yet to cough up the cash (The Express)
Oscar has confirmed that he was approached by PSG over a summer switch, but Chelsea fans will be relieved to learn that the Brazilian has confirmed his intentions to stay put. (Evening Standard)
Rumours continue to fly about Eden Hazard with Barcelona the latest club linked, but he's already confirmed he will be at Stamford Bridge next term.
Reports suggest the Catalan club could look to make a move for the Belgian if their swoop for Luis Suarez fails (The Mirror)
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic remains a target for Arsenal (Daily Mail)