After weeks of protracted negotiations, Zouma eventually swapped west for east London during the closing stages of the transfer window, ending a seven-year association with Chelsea to sign for West Ham in a £25million deal.
Chelsea has been hopeful of securing a deal for Sevilla’s Joules Kounde, having earmarked Zouma’s international teammate as his successor.
The Champions League holders, however, failed to agree a fee with their Spanish counterparts and will have to rely on youngster Trevor Chalobah, until January at least, to fill the void left by Zouma’s departure.
“As a West Ham guy, I’m delighted that they’ve signed him and I think it’s a great deal,’ said Johnson who represented the Hammers and Chelsea during his career.
‘He’s a good player, a young player and is super athletic. He’s a bubbly guy too so I reckon the West Ham lads would be really happy to have him with them.
‘From a Chelsea perspective, I’m surprised they’ve sold him.
‘There clearly must be something between him and Thomas Tuchel because otherwise they wouldn’t have let him go, even though I don’t know that personally.
‘He’s a very good player and for him to turn up at West Ham is ideal for the Hammers.’
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