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Kouyate replacement: West Ham should sign N’Zonzi to reinforce midfield

Kouyate replacement: West Ham should sign N’Zonzi to reinforce midfield

West Ham have been extremely busy this transfer window, and that theme is set to continue with more arrivals and departures still expected. 

And one player who could be heading out of the London Stadium exit door is Cheikhou Kouyate.

The Breakdown

According to Sky Sports, West Ham are in talks with Crystal Palace over the potential sell of Kouyate with the Hammers valuing the Senegal international at £10m.

Pedro Obiang has also been linked with a move away from the east London club, meaning manager Manuel Pellegrini is likely to bring in at least one more midfielder before the transfer window closes.

And if so, the former Manchester City boss should target Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi.

N’Zonzi, who is valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, would add both height and strength to West Ham’s midfield.

With the likes of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic in the side, the Hammers need a midfielder who can cover for the attacking trio and N’Zonzi is the perfect player to do so.

As well as providing the above players with the platform to express themselves, the France international is just as capable in possession, being able to recycle possession effectively and start off attacks.

Since leaving Stoke City back in 2015 for Sevilla, N’Zonzi has become one of the most complete defensive midfielders in the world.

The 29-year-old is extremely effective both with and without the ball and, ultimately, would be a very good signing for West Ham.

N’Zonzi currently has a £35m release clause in his contract (via Sky Sports) — which is more than a fair price to pay in this current market — and West Ham should consider activating it immediately.

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