Kurt Zouma 'pictured in Stoke City kit'

Chelsea's Kurt Zouma in action during the Premier League match against Watford on May 15, 2017
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Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma is pictured in a Stoke City training kit as the Frenchman closes in on a loan move to the Britannia Stadium.

Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma is seemingly on the verge of being confirmed as a Stoke City player for the 2017-18 campaign after being pictured in the club's training kit on Monday morning.

A number of clubs have been linked with the defender in this summer's transfer window, but it was claimed last week that Stoke were the favourites to secure the Frenchman's signature.

Potters boss Mark Hughes then revealed that "there is genuine interest" from Stoke in Zouma, with the Welshman confident that his club would be able to win the race for the former Saint-Etienne youngster.

Pictures circulating on social media have shown Zouma at Stoke's Clayton Wood training ground in the club's training attire, suggesting that he is on the verge of moving to the Potters on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old managed just three Premier League starts under Antonio Conte last season, although the defender did not return from a cruciate ligament knee injury until midway through the campaign.

Chelsea's Kurt Zouma in action during the Premier League match against Watford on May 15, 2017
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