Premier League quartet boosted in chase for £11m-rated defender

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Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been boosted in their alleged pursuit of Kurt Zouma, after Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier admitted that he could be sold in January, reports talkSPORT.

The 19-year-old centre-back has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent months, after turning in a series of commanding performances in Ligue 1, establishing himself as one of the most highly-rated youngsters in France at the moment.

Big-spending AS Monaco have also been credited with an interest in Zouma, though a move to the Premier League appears most likely, given the high number of clubs coveting the player's signature.

Red Devils boss David Moyes is understood to be keen to bring the French defender to Old Trafford, while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is also an admirer, and equally open to the idea of luring the talented teenager to Anfield.

Jose Mourinho continues to monitor Zouma's situation at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, with Chelsea ready to make a rival bid that will take the £11million-rated star to Stamford Bridge.

Manuel Pellegrini completes the quartet of Premier League coaches keeping tabs on the Saint-Etienne stopper, and plans to press ahead with a move for him when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.

"I do not know if he has already had offers," Galtier told Le Progres. "I know that three clubs are following Kurt very closely. Will they make offers when the window opens? Anything is possible.

"As coach I always want to keep my good players. But there are obligations before the summer because there are budgets to do.

"Losing a big player in winter? We have to be careful because it is not expected. £11m is a lot of money – but there is a second half of the season to think about."

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