West Ham confident of signing Zouma in time for Crystal Palace game at weekend

West Ham are confident of signing Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma before the weekend's game against Crystal Palace, according to reports.

It is understood the two clubs have agreed a fee in the region of £25million for the Frenchman, 26.

Wages were thought to be halting a switch to east London, with reports suggesting he wanted to be the top earner at the club.

But there appears to have been a breakthrough, and Hammers boss David Moyes is apparently confident of getting his man in time for Saturday's 3pm fixture against Patrick Vieira's side.

They are now in the final stages of settling personal terms, reports TheSun.

The report claims the two are close to agreeing a five-year deal, although it is not clear if Zouma has dropped his demand to be the highest earner at the London Stadium.

The move would allow Blues boss Thomas Tuchel to focus on signing Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

West Ham are yet to sign an outfield player this season, and are keen for new recruits so they can build on last season's 6th place finish.

There are concerns about the depth in the squad, with Moyes' side in the Europa League this season and with injury-prone Michail Antonio their only first-team striker.

The Hammers are still being linked with Manchester United star Jesse Lingard, who enjoyed an excellent loan spell at the club last season.

Last week, Solskjaer said of the Englishman: "I think Jesse's first priority is to get into our team.

"Whenever your employer is Man Utd, that’s your first priority, it always is.

"Jesse's back to fitness, played really well in behind closed doors games and has come back in good shape. He’s got a big part to play."

The Hammers have made a flying start to the new campaign, beating Newcastle 4-2 in their opening clash before a resounding 4-1 win over Leicester on Monday.

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