Marco Silva: 'Kurt Zouma loan nearly done'

Kurt Zouma of Stoke City in action during the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park

Manchester United have entered into discussions with Chelsea for defender, Kurt Zouma, according to L'Equipe.

Zouma spent last season on loan with Stoke too but had to deal with relegation at the end of the season. Manchester United need a defensive upgrade on the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and Zouma is certainly that.

New Toffees boss Marco Silva has been backed by hefty transfer investment in his first season on Merseyside, with Zouma his sixth major signing of the summer.

"Capped twice by France, he lifted the League Cup under Jose Mourinho in 2015". He was, in his defence, one of their better players.

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Mourinho was the Chelsea manager when Zouma arrived in 2014, and he seemingly has a lot of belief in the Frenchman, although it's hard to see how he will boost his options in the short-term.

Everton on Thursday also acquired winger Bernard on a free transfer, while defender Mina joined from Barcelona for an initial fee of £28m and midfielder Gomes arrived on loan.

Everton were linked with a last-gasp deadline day loan swoop for the promising Chelsea starlet and it seems that the deal is expected to go through.

Usually in cases such as this clubs can approach the Premier League and request more time to complete the deal, if they can provide all the necessary paperwork and prove that the completing the deal is just a matter of dotting i's and crossing t's.

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