Marco Silva: 'Kurt Zouma loan nearly done'

Everton have announced the signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan deal.

Reportedly, Manchester United are desirous to sign him permanently, whereas the Toffees only want a loan deal. After two years of gradual progress within the first-team setup at Stamford Bridge, the player saw his development come to a grinding halt when he sustained a major knee injury.

Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his frustration at United's transfer business this summer as Brazilian midfielder Fred has been the only significant addition so far with Lee Grant arriving as a third-choice goalkeeper while Diogo Dalot is a young full-back for the future.

The France worldwide spent last season on loan to Stoke City, but was left out of Chelsea's pre-season trip to Australia due to injury. Manchester United need a defensive upgrade on the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and Zouma is certainly that.

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Adding Zouma to their squad would complete a very successful transfer window for new Everton boss Marco Silva.

The deal sheet for the loan agreement was submitted to the Premier League before the 5 p.m. deadline on Thursday, giving Everton and Chelsea extra time to finalise the details. In his desperation to sign a player, it now looks like the manager has turned his attention towards one of his former clubs, Chelsea.

The Frenchman will miss out on the trip to Molineux alongside deadline day signings Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.

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