Liverpool dealt blow in chase for Saint Etienne defender

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Saint Etienne defender Kurt Zouma has quashed speculation he's set for a summer move to Liverpool, after reiterating his commitment to the Ligue 1 outfit for the foreseeable future, reports talkSPORT.

The 18-year-old centre-back has attracted admiring glances from a host of top European clubs over the past 12 months, following a fantastic breakthrough campaign in the French top-flight in 2011/12.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been credited with an interest in bringing Zouma to Anfield, as he seeks to strengthen his backline before the transfer window closes on September 1.

With the impending sales of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, Liverpool are at risk of starting the new Premier League campaign short on central defensive options.

Now, they must turn attention to alternative targets, after Zouma made clear his intention to remain at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard and continue his development.

"There was a lot of noise this summer about a transfer for me," the France U20 international told Le Progres.

"I can only say one thing - I will be at Saint-Etienne this season, for sure."

Atletico Madrid and Anzhi Makhachkala have also been mooted as potential suitors of Zouma, but the Saint Etienne star looks set to continue plying his trade in his homeland in 2013/14.


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