According to a report from Le 10 Sport, West Ham are eyeing up a summer move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi. The 29-year-old has enjoyed a fine few years at the Spanish side and is currently a part of France’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, although his club future appears far from certain with little over a month before the start of the new domestic season.
And with Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers reportedly keen on the £27 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), it’s an addition would go some way to finally solving the club’s glaring issue in the centre of midfield.
Ultimately, while the East London club produced the goods to eventually move away from the Premier League’s relegation zone last season, they struggled repeatedly in the middle of the park, what with Cheikhou Kouyate often out of form and Pedro Obiang often out injured.
Yes, Mark Noble deserves credit for his consistent efforts in the Hammers midfield, but if Pellegrini is to take the club forward and perhaps towards the European places this time round, the midfield department simply has to be stronger heading into the 2018/19 campaign.
And there is little doubting that N’Zonzi’s arrival would seriously bolster those ranks.
The 29-year-old is most well-known to English football fans for his stints at Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City earlier in his career, with the Frenchman even during those spells underlining his credentials in the middle of the park to thus earn a move to Sevilla back in 2015.
And the France international has since gone from strength to strength in becoming a hugely influential figure at the La Liga outfit, playing a key part in their run to the Europa League title back in 2016, before appearing 44 times in all competitions last season in their seventh place finish in the Spanish top-flight.
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So not only does the midfielder have pedigree at European level, having earned a place in the Europa League team of the season the year Sevilla won the title, but his all round capabilities in the midfield role would seriously benefit Pellegrini’s Hammers, with N’Zonzi adept on the ball in helping to launch attacks, and indeed off it in breaking up play and protecting the backline.
And with the vast array of attacking talent at the London Stadium, most notably Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, Pellegrini will want someone like N’Zonzi in the middle of the park to allow the front men to produce the goods in the final third, knowing the defensive security is there just behind them.
As such, with the midfield area clearly a problem at West Ham, Pellegrini would go some way to solving it with a move for the Frenchman this summer.
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