Everton supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their team maintain their unbeaten start to life under new manager Sam Allardyce by beating Swansea City 3-1 at Goodison Park on Monday.
The former England boss replaced the sacked Ronald Koeman at the end of November, and has since overseen a fine run of form which has moved them away from the Premier League’s bottom three. And the Toffees made it four wins in five under the 63-year-old by coming from behind to overcome Paul Clement’s Swans on Monday, with goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Wayne Rooney cancelling out Leroy Fer’s opener to move Everton up to ninth in the table, at the same time consigning Swansea to Christmas in the relegation zone.
Consequently, there have been many upbeat Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to get increasingly buoyant if a recent report from The Daily Mirror is anything to go by, which suggests that Allardyce is ‘confident’ of sealing a deal for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi in January.
The 29-year-old is best known to English football fans for his three-year stint at Stoke City between 2012 and 2015, yet he has since gone from strength to strength in Spain with 108 appearances for the club, in which time he has helped them to the Europa League title in 2016.
However, he has reportedly had a rift with manager Eduardo Berizzo and as such looks set to leave the La Liga side in January, and Everton are one side reportedly interested in bringing him back to England in what would be a reunion with Allardyce, who signed him at Blackburn Rovers back in 2009.
Yet it remains to be seen whether the Merseysiders can indeed fend off competition from Arsenal and West Ham for the French midfielder.
Landlord’s verdict: Steven N’Zonzi has been linked with a whole host of top clubs in the last 12 months or so, such have been his sterling efforts in the middle of Sevilla’s midfield.
However, things have taken a turn for the worse recently as a reported rift with the club’s manager has seen him fall out of contention, and could ultimately spell the end of his time in Spain with several club interested ahead of the January window.
One of those is Sam Allardyce’s Everton, who are reportedly ‘confident’ of sealing a deal for the 29-year-old midfielder in the New Year, and given how impressive he has been for Sevilla since moving there from Stoke City in 2015, it could turn out to be quite a coup from the Toffees hierarchy if they can get a deal over the line.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!