By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

20th Jul, 2021 | 4:10pm

Kevin Campbell: Kurt Zouma would make a real difference in Everton defence

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Kevin Campbell has urged Everton to sign Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma in a permanent deal ahead of the new Premier League season.

According to Telefoot1 journalist Julien Maynard, the Toffees have joined the race for the France international as he is expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

The 26-year-old spent 2018-19 on loan at Goodison Park, impressing before returning to Chelsea, and Campbell reckons his parent club could finally be open to a permanent deal.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said: “When he was first going on loan there, and I got asked about Kurt Zouma, I said, ‘he’s an excellent player and if you get a chance, sign him’.

“He made a real difference at the back there. Big, strong, imposing, quick, tough to beat, I think he enjoyed his time at Everton, but he was only on loan.

“He didn’t really play in the big games when it really mattered and, maybe Chelsea would deal.”

Solid defender

We really need to land a top centre-back this summer, and bringing the France international back to Merseyside makes a lot of sense.

Everton manager Rafa Benitez knows he cannot afford to rely on the defensive quartet of Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey if he wants to finish his debut season on a high note, and he has been linked with some names already.

Zouma is struggling to play regularly at Chelsea as boss Thomas Tuchel is not a fan, and that saw him remain on the bench at the European Championships with France.

He has to leave Stamford Bridge this summer if he wants to feature at the World Cup next summer, and returning to a familiar environment would be perfect for him.

Zouma can make a spot in the Everton starting XI his and prove himself all over again.

We already warmed to him during his first stint, and the fans would welcome him back with open arms.

He will not be playing European football next season should he join us, but could be doing so soon and challenging for silverware if everything goes as planned under Benitez.

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