West Ham latest news: £29.8m star is "perfect" for Irons

West Ham United boss David Moyes

Kurt Zouma has been hailed as a “perfect” West Ham United signing by journalist Paul Brown.

How did the deal come about?

With transfer deadline day fast approaching and Hammers boss David Moyes keen to build on last season’s club record-breaking Premier League points tally, West Ham bolstered their defensive options by forking out £29.8million to sign Kurt Zouma from London rivals Chelsea.

The deal saw Zouma become the highest-paid player at the club, with the central defender penning a four-year deal worth £120,000-per-week.

Zouma’s switch was completed despite the centre-back initially turning down a move to London Stadium, with the Hammers refusing to meet the 26-year-old’s wage demands.

West Ham had also targeted Nikola Milenkovic, of Serie A side Fiorentina, before deciding to focus on acquiring Zouma.

Zouma has boosted Moyes’ options at the heart of the Hammers’ defence, with the France international competing with Angelo Ogbonna, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Winston Reid for a regular starting berth.

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While he was an unused substitute for West Ham’s stalemate against Southampton at the weekend, he could make his debut when the Hammers get their Europa League campaign underway against Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb tomorrow.

What has Paul Brown said about Zouma?

Brown believes Zouma will prove to be a revelation for the east Londoners.

Moyes also signed Alphonse AreolaNikola Vlasic and Alex Kral during the summer transfer window, while Craig Dawson completed a permanent switch from Watford.

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But it is the arrival of Zouma which Brown is most excited about.

He told GMS: “I actually think Zouma is perfect for West Ham. I think he is just what they need.

“He is incredibly good in the air and will dominate at corners and free-kicks.”

What will Zouma bring to West Ham?

The central defender has vast Premier League experience, having appeared 165 times in the English top flight for Chelsea, Everton and Stoke City.

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He is also a serial winner, having got his hands on two Premier League titles, the Champions League and League Cup during his time at Stamford Bridge.

In fact, he has already won silverware this season, with his final Chelsea appearance coming as Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Spanish outfit Villarreal to Super Cup glory following a nail-biting penalty shoot-out.

Zouma has also broken into Didier Deschamps’ France side and took his tally of caps up to eight during the recent international break by playing the full 90 minutes in the World Cup qualifiers against Ukraine and Finland.

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