Football News understands that St Étienne and Chelsea representatives remain in talks over the transfer of Kurt Zouma. The two clubs continue to look for an agreement but the London side have yet to make a second offer for the player. An initial bid worth €12m was swiftly rejected by Les Verts who want between €18m-€20m.
AS Monaco remain in contact with St Étienne but are aware that the Ligue 1 club will make selling the player abroad a priority and the Monagesque representatives have been forced to rethink their pursuits of a centre back this window as to whether or not out-bidding their rivals significantly to sign Zouma makes sense.
Inter Milan are another side who recently had an offer rejected for Zouma and have maintained minimal contact with St Étienne.
Reports in France yesterday indicating that The Independent had declared that Newcastle had agreed a fee with St Étienne for the transfer of Kurt Zouma are false. The player has little interest in joining the Premier League side.