The Times are reporting that Everton are still in contact with Chelsea over the potential of a transfer to bring Kurt Zouma to Goodison Park on a permanent basis.
Zouma spent a successful loan period at Everton last season, and manager Marco Silva had said at the end of the season that he was hopeful he could do a deal to bring the Frenchman to Goodison permanently.
However, with Chelsea facing a two-window long transfer ban and having installed a new manager in Frank Lampard, hopes appeared to have been dashed on the deal.
Now, Paul Joyce at The Times says that Everton remain in touch with Chelsea, although it is not known how hopeful they are that the London side will change their stance and sell one of their few remaining central defenders at the club.
Everton find themselves with only Yerry Mina, Michael Keane, and potentially Mason Holgate in the middle at the back if Zouma does not sign, which would leave Silva desperately short of options if no other defender is signed.
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