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Manager once hired by David Sullivan and David Gold tells Kurt Zouma to snub Tottenham for West Ham
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Manager once hired by David Sullivan and David Gold tells Kurt Zouma to snub Tottenham for West Ham

West Ham United are reportedly locked in a battle with bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to sign defender Kurt Zouma.

After the Nikola Milenkovic debacle, Tottenham have entered the race to sign yet another West Ham target.

This time it is Chelsea defender Zouma attracting the attention of Spurs as well as the Hammers according to a report from Sky Sports.

Hammers boss David Moyes was first linked with a move to sign the 26-year-old Blues centre-back by Sky Sports at the end of last month.

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Spurs now trying to hijack West Ham pursuit of Zouma after Milenkovic debacle

Links with Zouma went cold, however, as West Ham instead pursued a move to sign Fiorentina ace Milenkovic.

Tottenham tried to hijack that move too.

But both West Ham and Tottenham baulked at the eyewatering £11 million agents fees reportedly being demanded and the Serbia international ended up signing a new deal at La Viola instead.

West Ham then refocused their efforts on Zouma according to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg and Sky Sports claim Spurs are in for the France international too.

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Former Prem boss hired by Sullivan and Gold tells Zouma to choose Hammers over Spurs

Now former Premier League manager Alex McLeish, who was hired by West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold at Birmingham, has urged Zouma to choose the Hammers over Tottenham in an interview with Football Insider.

“I know West Ham had a brilliant season last year. They look as though they’ve started on fire this season,” McLeish told Football Insider.

“I would have thought that Zouma might think Spurs are rebuilding. He may feel that’s his preference.

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‘West Ham are really looking absolutely tremendous’

“But if I was going for a team with potential, West Ham are really looking absolutely tremendous.”

West Ham have Europa League football to offer Zouma this season.

That also gives the Hammers two potential routes of Champions League qualification.

Meanwhile Tottenham are fighting to even qualify for the much derided UEFA Conference League after losing the first leg of their play-off against Portuguese minnows Pacos de Ferreira 1-0 last night.

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