Therefore, it doesn't come as too much of a surprise for most fans to see that Zouma is looking for a move away, especially given the competition in his position from the likes of Trevoh Chalobah who has burst onto the scene recently.
As reported by David Ornstein at The Athletic, the two clubs involved have agreed a price of around £25 million, with the sale to a Premier League rival evidently not a concern here.
There has supposedly been interest from the Hammers for some time now, with the valuation of the player being a sticking point that made it seem as though the move would not be completed.
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Now, however, the transfer appears closer than ever, especially given the Frenchman's desire to stay in London, rather than move abroad anywhere.
Personal Terms Difficulty
While the fee for the player has now been agreed though, David Moyes may have a big decision to make if he wants Zouma as part of his squad.
The player is reportedly wanting a pay rise from what he currently earns - suggested to be around £65,000 a week - to £125,000 a week instead.
This hugely inflated wage demand would not only cause a financial hit for an already stingy ownership, but also potentially cause some dressing room rifts.
With such a salary, Zouma would be the highest-paid member of the first team, surpassing that of Andriy Yarmolenko by some £10,000 per week.
The 22-year-old's transfer, according to The Athletic, hinges on the aforementioned Zouma's move going through due to the large competition for spaces.
Whether Sevilla would be willing to sell, and for that matter for what price, remains to be seen, but with Zouma looking as though he is all but gone, Blues' fans could be in for an exciting last few days of the transfer window.