Kurt Zouma to Everton on loan 'almost done' says Marco Silva

Transfer: Manchester United in talks to sign Chelsea defender

Transfer: Manchester United in talks to sign Chelsea defender

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

Zouma subsequently missed almost one season of football before he made his return to the pitch. Manchester United need a defensive upgrade on the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and Zouma is certainly that.

Should Zouma arrive in time then he could be eligible to make his debut against newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in Everton's opening game of the new Premier League season on Saturday.

Set to don the red of Manchester United?

The United boss is hoping to sign at least one more top class player today with a centre-back the priority and the Manchester giants have reportedly failed to agree terms for the likes of Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Yerry Mina in recent weeks. A number of defenders have been linked with the Premier League heavyweights as Jose Mourinho aims to solidify his backline for the upcoming season.

Zouma was signed by Mourinho in 2014 when he was the manager of the London based outfit.

The Toffees left it late to make an approach to loan the France global but as both sides submitted their paperwork before the 5pm deadline, the deal was allowed to proceed.

However, he has less than 32 hours to make that happens as this summer transfer window shuts on Thursday, August 9, by 5pm.

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