The defender has been in the French capital for the past few days and he is on the cusp of becoming David MoyesSummer’s first permanent signature.
Talks have been on and off over the past month, with Zuma initially refusing to move to the London Stadium. West Ham turned their attention to Fiorentina’s Nikola Milinkovic before Moyes halted his powers and put his full focus on securing a deal for the Chelsea player, who is yet to participate in the Premier League this season.
The Hammers had initially held off on the 26-year-old’s £125,000-a-week wage demands, and there was concern on Wednesday night as talks hit a snag with one of Zuma’s French representatives, although all sides now expect the move to go ahead. The former player on loan from Everton and Stoke is believed to be very excited about the prospect of joining the squad.
Moyes’ side finished just two points behind Chelsea last season and the East Londoners are confident to build on their success last season, while also having a Europa League campaign to look forward to.
West Ham meet Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday and are looking to win three out of three this season. All paperwork must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday for Zouma to appear although the defender is in Paris and his vaccination status is unknown, and it is unclear if he will be available.
If the France international does not suffer a double whammy, he will have to quarantine for 10 days on his return from France, although, away from the Crystal Palace match, that would mean isolation during the international break.