Tuesday, 21st August, 2012
Queens Park Rangers have been linked with making a big money move for highly-rated Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, who was scouted by Chelsea and Manchester United at the weekend.
The Greens have been consistent in their statements that the 17-year-old is not for sale, but the size of the Rs’ potential bid could turn heads at the famous Ligue 1 club.
Indeed, according to French sports daily L’Equipe, the English Premier League side are willing to pay between €12M and €15M to secure Zouma ahead of their English rivals.
Were a bid of such magnitude to arrive, Saint-Etienne president Roland Romeyer, would be placed in a difficult position, having branded Zouma “untransferrable”.
Zouma has popped up on the radar of a number of the game’s biggest clubs over the last 12 months as he established himself and began to make good on his potential in a green shirt.
The 17-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, and both sent representatives to take in his performance in Saint-Etienne’s 2-1 weekend defeat at Toulouse.
It is not known whether either the Blues or the Red Devils would be sparked into action were Mark Hughes’ men to make a bid before the summer transfer window closes.
However, Zouma’s talent has been well signposted and interested parties are not likely to easily let the Saint-Etienne man slip through their fingers.