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L'Equipe are an extremely reliable source, and the fact that they are reporting this indicates the deal is close to completion.

The Premier League will inform Everton on Friday morning whether a loan move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma can proceed, after Marco Silva's side made a late play for the former Saint-Etienne man. 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. And, Manchester United and Everton are interested.

Zouma spent last season on loan at Stoke City but failed to impress, as the Potters were consigned to relegation down to the Championship. Manchester United need a defensive upgrade on the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and Zouma is certainly that. Mourinho has signed only three players this summer - Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant - and if this deal goes through, it appears he finally has reason to smile.

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Zouma is likely to be joined by Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes at Goodison Park, as the Merseyside club look to get back on track after a slow start to the transfer window.

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

Having recently signed a six-year contract, his long-term future may lie in London, but there is every possibility Everton have negotiated an option where they can turn the loan deal into a permanent one.