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The competition to get Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan is pretty high. A lot of clubs are interested in signing the 22-year-old although Stoke City seem the favourite for his signature.

Mark Hughes is looking to strengthen his central defensive options this summer and has targeted Zouma in addition to sealing the return of Bruno Martins Indi, who’s back at Porto having spent the entire season on loan with Stoke.

“There is genuine interest. We’d like to make it happen if we can,” Hughes told the Sentinel following Wednesday night’s pre-season friendly against Young Boys in Switzerland.

“The boy himself has to make a decision. We are one of many interested parties but we’re very hopeful. We’re still doing a number of deals.”

It has been reported that the 22-year-old will sign a new contract with Chelsea before being sent out on loan. Zouma would need regular game time to get back to his previous form that made him highly-rated, before the injury that kept him out for 9 months.

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