The Evening Standard’s West Ham United reporter has insisted the Kurt Zouma move will still go through.
There have been delays in the move following Zouma’s medical with West Ham reportedly concerned about a knee injury suffered five years ago.
At one stage reports from France were claiming the France defender’s move to West Ham had collapsed.
And while Hammers boss David Moyes confirmed the bid for Zouma in his pre-Crystal Palace press conference, he said he did not know the result of the medical.
But The Evening Standard’s West Ham reporter Jack Rosser has maintained the deal would still go ahead since yesterday afternoon – when other sources were claiming it was in the balance.
“West Ham in talks to ensure Zouma’s £25million move goes through after medical results were examined by staff today and damage of previous knee injury was assessed,” Rosser said on Twitter.
Evening Standard reporter claimed long before other sources that deal would still go ahead
“Feeling is a compromise will be found and the deal will happen.
“Key thing is that Zouma’s knees have been fine for quite some time now… Personally think it will go through.”
Rosser then followed his claims up with a story online which claimed there was optimism on all sides that a the deal would go through.
“West Ham, who received the results back in London on Friday lunchtime, sent a member of staff to the French capital to help with proceedings, where a late issue has arisen,” Rosser wrote in The Evening Standard.
West Ham were concerned over knee injury suffered in 2016
“Zouma ruptured his cruciate ligament in 2016 but has not suffered any serious knee issues since and has featured consistently in recent seasons.”
Since Rosser’s claims there have been reports from France that West Ham had signed off on the medical report meaning Zouma can complete his move to the London Stadium.
The 26-year-old is in France on compassionate leave after his mother was taken ill.
And he will not join up with West Ham until after the current international break having been named in the France squad for World Cup Qualifiers against Bosnia, Andriy Yarmolenko’s Ukraine and Finland,