N’Zonzi Revealed As Allardyce’s First Everton Target

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Sam Allardyce has targeted Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, 28, as his first signing as Everton manager, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Reports from Spain claim that the French international has fallen out with Sevilla head coach Eduardo Berizzo.

N’Zonzi reacted badly to being substituted during the Champions League tie with Liverpool. The midfielder was omitted from subsequent La Liga and Copa Del Rey squads against Villarreal and Cartagena respectively.

Juventus made serious overtures to Sevilla last summer with the £25m-rated midfielder close to moving to Serie A. However, that interest persuaded the Andalus club to extend N’Zonzi’s existing deal.

Now it seems, the relationship is irretrievably broken and Allardyce is poised to swoop for the twice-capped international. The former England coach signed N’Zonzi from Amiens for Blackburn in a £500,000 deal during June 2009 and the midfielder quickly became an integral part of the Rovers squad.

Three years later, he moved to Stoke City in a £3m deal but his time at the Bet365 – then the Britannia – Stadium and at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán has seen his value soar.

The current climate of antagonism between himself and Berizzo offers Allardyce a chance for reuniting with a player whom he holds in the highest regard.