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Everton boss Marco Silva is keen to recruit a new central defender before Thursday’s transfer deadline and has turned to Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma as the club’s deal to sign Yerry Mina from Barcelona has stalled.

Zouma having impressed on loan with Stoke City last season, is now close to joining Everton for a one-year loan deal.

Maurizio Sarri has a high number of centre-backs in his squad, with Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger, Ethan Ampadu and David Luiz all vying for two positions.

Zouma was left out of our pre-season due to injury and didn’t make an appearance in any of our pre-season fixtures under Maurizio Sarri.

According to The Times, Everton are now on the brink of completing a deal for the French defender.

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