West Ham United have enquired about the availability of Sevilla’s out-of-favour midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, with the Hammers interested in signing the Frenchman next month, according to the Mirror.
The Irons have enjoyed an upturn in their form since the appointment of David Moyes as manager and are determined to bolster their squad during the January transfer window as they look to put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
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The West Ham boss is keen to strengthen his options in the middle of the park and having already declared an interest in signing Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, has now turned his attention to 29-year-old N’Zonzi, who has fallen out of favour with manager Eduardo Berizzo at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
The France international has not featured for Sevilla since being hauled off at half-time during his side’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool in the Champions League back in November and was spotted walking through London Gatwick airport earlier last week, as speculation over his future intensifies.
West Ham and Moyes could expect to face stiff competition for the for former Stoke City man’s signature though, with Premier League rivals Everton and Arsenal also interested in adding the Frenchman to their ranks, according to the report.
Toffees manager Sam Allardyce is thought to be in pole position in the race for N’Zonzi, having brought the midfielder over to England for just £500,000 during his spell as Blackburn Rovers boss back in 2008.
Moyes, however, is reportedly hopeful that West Ham will be able to steal a march over his Everton counterpart and hold talks with the 29-year-old over a possible move to the London Stadium sometime this week.
Unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches, the Hammers’ next assignment is a home clash against Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon and will be looking to continue their climb up the table.
Just two points separate West Ham and the 18th-placed Geordies – Moyes will be well aware that all three points will be required this weekend if they are to avoid potentially spending Christmas in the bottom three.