Chelsea defender Zouma completes Everton loan move

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Kurt Zouma Stoke City 2017-18
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The France international joins fellow new signing Yerry Mina in fighting for a place in the Toffees backline after joining for the coming season

Everton have announced the signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan deal.

The France international joined the Blues in 2014 from Saint-Etienne, but has struggled to break into the first team in recent years. 

Zouma spent the 2017-18 campaign at Stoke City, where he was unable to stop the Potters dropping into the Championship. 

Now Everton have confirmed a further loan move for the 23-year-old, who will hope to impress at Goodison Park alongside fellow new defensive signing Yerry Mina

"Kurt Zouma has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season," the club signalled on their official website.

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"Frenchman Zouma moves from Chelsea and joins Brazil midfielder Bernard, Barcelona trio Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Lucas Digne, Richarlison and Joao Virginia in arriving at Goodison in the summer transfer window.

"After making his debut as a 16-year-old for Saint-Étienne in his homeland, Zouma established himself at the heart of their defence for three seasons before moving to Chelsea.

"Capped twice by France, he lifted the League Cup under Jose Mourinho in 2015."

New Toffees boss Marco Silva has been backed by hefty transfer investment in his first season on Merseyside, with Zouma his sixth major signing of the summer. 

The Portuguese manager is tasked with improving on an eighth-place finish in the 2017-18 Premier League, with a return to European competition the objective for the Liverpool side.