New Everton boss Sam Allardyce is reportedly considering a January move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.
Allardyce brought N'Zonzi to Blackburn Rovers in 2009, and is still believed to have a close relationship with the Frenchman.
N'Zonzi later represented Stoke City in the Premier League before joining Sevilla, where he has been a key player over the last two seasons.
According to The Mirror, Allardyce is hopeful that he can convince the midfielder to join the Toffees. The report adds that Sevilla would be prepared to sell N'Zonzi for a figure in the region of £20M.
In addition, Allardyce has reportedly targeted a January move for Watford striker Troy Deeney as he looks to capitalise on the funds promised to him by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
The new Everton boss is allegedly willing to part with up to £40M to secure the services of Deeney, who was linked with the Toffees in the summer.
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1 Posted 03/12/2017 at 15:09:20
A left back who knows when to go forward and gets decent crosses in for said centre-forward and chips in with 3 to 5 goals a season.
A centre-back who keeps centre forwards in his pocket, wins all the aerial battles, knows what to do when defending corners and free-kicks and in my opinion knows how to organise and lead a defence.
Nothing too complicated there. A pity Sam and Kevin Davies are both retired – they are exactly what Sam will be looking for. Most probably we will see Carroll or Deeney and Huth arrive. Van Aanholt / Cresswell or Chilwell for me at left back. The dream would be Van Dijk, Rose and Vardy.
2 Posted 03/12/2017 at 16:30:45
3 Posted 03/12/2017 at 18:47:27
One thing's blatantly obvious – we need a new centre-half to partner either Holgate or Keane. Funes Mori has to come back from injury – he could be the answer but looks to dodgy at times for me.
We definitely need a decent playmaker in midfield and the massive signing has to be a good striker. This has to be the end of Baines, Jagielka and Williams. We must also find replacements for
Mirallas, Schneiderlin, Klaassen and Ramirez who could well be moved on in the summer.
All-in-all, at least 7 new signings between January and the summer transfer windows. As for Troy Deeney being mentioned as a £40 million striker. Does us a favour. That's taking the piss big time.
4 Posted 03/12/2017 at 20:31:17
5 Posted 03/12/2017 at 20:39:33
6 Posted 03/12/2017 at 20:43:06
How do these journo's stay in a job???
7 Posted 03/12/2017 at 21:03:03
8 Posted 03/12/2017 at 21:13:00
9 Posted 03/12/2017 at 21:24:41
10 Posted 03/12/2017 at 21:25:20
Robles, as he wants first-team football.
McCarthy, needs a fresh start. (Villa?)
Barkley, can't see Sam inspiring him to sign a contract.
Mirallas, needs to be playing every week to get in World Cup squad.
Out on loan:
Sandro, out of his depth in the Premier League
Klaassen, see Sandro.
Holgate, if Sam gets a central defender in.
Besic, needs to get his confidence back.
I think there could be one or two surprises in January.
11 Posted 03/12/2017 at 22:41:08
12 Posted 03/12/2017 at 22:59:22
13 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:19:56
Wait for it, Troy Deeney, Andy Carroll, Christian Benteke and Jermain Defoe. That was the strikers with him willing to go to £30M for Troy Deeney!
He was also linked with Danny Rose of Spurs, but they want around £45M for him, and Steven N'Zonzi who has fallen out of favour at Seville, would be available for £20M.
14 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:28:02
As for the other guy, if I can't spell his name then we definitely don't need him. What has happened to our society when instead of Fred, Frank, Billy or Joe we have Troy, Ashley, Quentin and many others that I can't even pronounce? Even my beloved Blues have their share.
As much as I really like the kid as a future player and a great example of Everton spirit why did Kenny get to be Jonjoe? What a daft name. I suppose that his Mum wanted Jon and his Dad liked Joe. Sorry but Jonjoe is something that you are called up to the age of four or perhaps five.
He is a tough kid. I call him John, I'm biased. And I only call him that when he plays well! I know, I know, I am politically incorrect and probably too old to really have an opinion. I am also a scouser and not a Norwegian, like 70 percent of that other team.
15 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:45:28
I would like to see a bigger frame than Niasses in the Everton number 9 shirt but Oumar can do a job until January.
Id like to see the continuation of the youth first transfer policy although the aforementioned skill set doesnt usually develop until the mid 20s.
Deeney for £40m is laughable but he is the ‘type we need.
16 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:55:31
Bolasie is now 28, and after his awful injury, we may never see the best of him again, being so late in his career.
Alan Ball, one of Everton's greatest, was a world class player at 21 but at 26 his best years were behind him.
17 Posted 03/12/2017 at 23:56:16
18 Posted 04/12/2017 at 01:03:50
N'Zonzi is seemingly 6'-3" in old money so that fits the lazy journo profile of Allardyce wanting only "big units", but Deeney is only 6'-0", so why him?
Those same "reliable" journo's are today reporting that Giroud has been advised that to have any hope of making the French World Cup team he has to go out on loan, minimum, to gain match-time and then be seen to play well. Hmmm.
19 Posted 04/12/2017 at 01:07:59
Like who Steavey?
20 Posted 04/12/2017 at 01:12:08
Dembele is scoring a lot of goals again. He has everything Deeney and N'Zonzi has combined, is much younger and will cost the same amount if not less.
Hoping these rumours aren't true.
21 Posted 04/12/2017 at 01:23:23
Training methods, diet and lifestyle are all different nowadays and players can play a lot longer at a higher level than those in the 70's.
I never expected anything else off Allardyce TBH, proven journeymen at an inflated price are what he is all about.
Akocha, Campo and the like where in their twilight years when he signed them at Bolton and I expect an influx of them at Everton come the transfer window.
It really is very underwhelming, as I fear the future reeks of mediocrity and industrial football.
22 Posted 04/12/2017 at 01:42:53
"Like who Steavey?"
Lukaku and Harry Kane both Premier League top goal scorers, 2016-17 season, before their 24th birthdays. Kane is now worth about £200 million. Tell me, what other 28-year-old would command such transfer? Dele Alli at 21 is also put in the £200 million transfer bracket.
All the best Premier League players are at the best before their 25th birthday. That's why they attract silly money. Take Neymar for example, went to PSG for £200 million plus. He was one of the best players at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 when he was about 21 or 22.
23 Posted 04/12/2017 at 02:12:52
This is an area he has to do the convincing in if he is to persuade me he is not here for a re-run of the movies he's made before at Palace, Sunderland etc.
If he hauls in his usual brigade of rescue heroes, then I think we have every right to be irked. He must break with the short-termism his tenures are associated with. These type of signings offer no more than a sticking plaster.
Those mentioned are not players I wish to see at Everton. Don's posting above is a view I lean towards.
Getting Van Arnholt or N'Zonzi is just like employing Allardyce himself. They've been around and gotten no better than mid table in their Premier League careers. Recycling these guys is just money for their agents.
Fresh, different and of high quality. Can he do that? We are not his usual rescue basket case; we are our own special brand of craziness. He should already be looking up not down.
We are desperate for a left back, centre-forward & centre-back in the window. So Everton's aim should not waiver, regardless of manager or position.
Granted the January window is difficult but Everton must get three quality players in.
24 Posted 04/12/2017 at 02:47:21
You mean the likes of Aguero, Silva, Toure Kompany, Sanchez, Bergkamp, Henry, Shearer, Gerrard, Scholes, Giggs, Van nNistelrooy, Cahill, Rooney, Ronaldo, Stam, etc etc were all past their best at 25?
Not a chance.
25 Posted 04/12/2017 at 03:00:28
26 Posted 04/12/2017 at 03:27:15
He must be given a warchest in January and next season. Top centre-half, top striker, quality left-back, And no more No 10s please. If we are to challenge the top 6.
27 Posted 04/12/2017 at 03:29:50
Although with Ross Barkley I last saw him at his best with his first season playing for Martinez when he was 19 going on 20. That was the season Everton accumulated 75 points, a Premier League record for Everton. I do reckon the reason Everton have not played as well since then, Barkley has not been at his best.
28 Posted 04/12/2017 at 03:40:30
Anyway, he's an honest, hard-working player, but hardly a significant improvement on what we already have. Our striker situation isn't nearly as dire as some would have you believe Niasse can score goals and generate chaos, Calvert-Lewin continues to improve and I'm not at all convinced Sandro wouldn't prove to be an asset if he was given an actual run of games.
Which isn't to say we shouldn't make a move in January, but we need to bring in established quality not just signings for the sake of signings.
29 Posted 04/12/2017 at 03:48:02
30 Posted 04/12/2017 at 03:59:19
Deeney looks like a crazy signing for me... but Marcus Bent did the business for us (and we couldn't afford Darren Bent at the time who would have done nicely), so maybe it could work. So did Andy Gray.
First and foremost I would like to see us get better performances from the players we have. We have a lorry load of central midfielders we don't need another we just need to get them to perform at the level they have in the past.
31 Posted 04/12/2017 at 04:06:26
Take athletics for example: Linford Christie, gold medal when he was 32; Carl Lewis, gold at 31; Usain Bolt, 2 golds at 30.
Leaving 23- & 24-year-olds in their wake.
Eric Cantona did not join Man Utd till he was 26... And the rest is history.
Just because you reach 25 it does not mean you are going to be affected by wear and tear and be on the scrap heap at 30.
Now if we can sign some players in the 25 to 30 age group, I will not be to disappointed.
32 Posted 04/12/2017 at 05:28:38
As you allude, Everton hopefully gives him options he's not had before. I'd venture this squad is potentially better than any he's had previously, and agree that bringing out that potential and resurrecting their form will show what he has to offer as a manager. We don't have perceived Allardyce type players in the squad now, so changing to that type would require wide scale and obvious changes.
Deeney is rumour of course, for now. Probably also, him supposedly conceding that Barkley may still leave in the summer. As things firm up approaching January, and in the window itself, we'll learn much in player movements on top of the actual play in the interim.
33 Posted 04/12/2017 at 05:42:44
34 Posted 04/12/2017 at 07:54:37
People writing off N'Zonzi presumably have not seen him play that much recently?
Admittedly he did not stand out that much in a mediocre Stoke team but then who would. He has been brilliant in Spain, fierce in the tackle, dominant in the air AND very useful indeed on the ball, racking up good passing stats and some useful goals and assists.
Like Peter I think he'd be an upgrade on Schneiderlin and indeed anyone else we have in the middle.
Deeney, not so much... worth pointing out that Calvert-Lewin wins more aerial duels per game than him (and indeed most players in the league). It will be very hard to find a good striker available in January, unless we pay dramatically over the odds, a la Sigurdsson. Dembele still looks a decent prospect. Giroud would still be my preferred 'target man'.
35 Posted 04/12/2017 at 08:30:57
As for Sandro, I really don't understand why he hasn't worked. He was superb in and for Spain and all my Spanish mates rate him highly.
36 Posted 04/12/2017 at 08:48:40
It would not surprise me if one or both of these players are in Sam's thoughts, with Baines coming towards the end of his career, and Lennon and Mirallas?
An interesting January and the fact that we have money. Also, there maybe one or two shipped out.
37 Posted 04/12/2017 at 09:14:43
38 Posted 04/12/2017 at 09:26:32
I'd disregard all the usual paper nonsense, but Deeney fits in with the Allardyce ethic, so expect someone along those lines. (Surely even we won't spend £40m on the Watford striker?)
39 Posted 04/12/2017 at 09:30:25
Keep a list from now until January of players we are allegedly interested in signing, it will be long enough for two or three teams.
40 Posted 04/12/2017 at 09:45:20
41 Posted 04/12/2017 at 09:50:32
There must be better out there for that price, panic or no panic.
42 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:30:11
And Sandro has not had much time or opportunity yet. I still hope he'll prove a good acquisition in time (of which he has plenty).
43 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:37:18
44 Posted 04/12/2017 at 10:59:55
45 Posted 04/12/2017 at 12:35:37
Many are far too quick to write off Klaassen and Sandro how much opportunity have they been given, especially in terms of consecutive full games?
46 Posted 04/12/2017 at 13:37:52
I find the Deeney possibility, especially at the price mentioned, totally absurd. N'Zonzi sounds interesting, though.
47 Posted 04/12/2017 at 13:53:06
A middle trio of Rooney, N'Zonzi and Gueye/Davies looks good to me.
48 Posted 04/12/2017 at 14:32:09
Might not be a bad signing, but only as a squad player, and for a good price. £40m is 4 times too much. Surely, Walsh can find better.
Nzonzi (correct spelling not N'Zonzi according to the man himself) is a decent player and would be an interesting alternative to Schneiderlin as he has a good range of passing. However, if we are to play a 43--3, then I think we have enough already, and we need attention to the striker (2 if Deeney is 1 of them), a left back, a centre back, and a left winger (unless Bolasie shows he has full range of movement back in his knee).
Let's hope reports that Allardyce is going to sign these players to replace the kids is not true, ie, Deeney for Calvert-Lewin, Nzonzi for Davies.
49 Posted 04/12/2017 at 14:36:57
50 Posted 04/12/2017 at 14:40:28
Loanees or overpriced second rate strikers only I'm afraid.
I have mentioned many times on other threads that if there was any chance of getting Kieran Tierney from Celtic at left back it would be well worth it and, in my opinion, a far better option than Shaw.
Gibson at Boro plays left back or left central defender a la Mori might be worth a punt.
51 Posted 04/12/2017 at 14:48:21
Another alternative at left footed centre back is Mangala of Man City. He would also cost a bit and is not young. He's not had a good time of it at City, but has come into the side with their injury issues. City may be persuaded to sell in the window to finance a ball playing centre-back of the type that Guardiola likes.
52 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:08:36
53 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:14:31
Teirney and Dembele from Celtic... One deal both problems fixed.
54 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:22:13
Admittedly Rodgers plays him but Leigh Griffiths is still his go to to get the goals if necessary.
55 Posted 04/12/2017 at 15:43:40
Yes he's not started as brightly as we would hope but a lot from overseas take time to gel and get up to speed.
If we lose him, we will regret it I'm sure.
56 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:25:16
Get Garbett in the Premier League squad in January & maybe (if poss) recall Galloway from Sunderland.
57 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:35:38
58 Posted 04/12/2017 at 16:45:39
59 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:05:24
What nobody has mentioned is that N'zonzi hasn't been seen in the last two league games after being substituted at half time against Liverpool. It's reported that he's not injured but that he's fallen out with the manager.
Good player but very, very temperamental. Does anyone remember him hurting himself while playing for Stoke and the other team's fans (could've been Everton) did the usual booing. N'zonzi jumped up and threw his arms in the general direction of the stand as if to say "it really hurts."
Incidentally, the lad that has replaced N'zonzi in the Sevilla midfield looks like a clone of his. Maybe we could steal one of them and nobody would notice.
60 Posted 04/12/2017 at 17:24:07
We do need some extra size, power and pace...that's a no-brainer and is not exclusive to Sam Allardyce. I hope he shows the door to our nice, quiet boys like Jags and Baines and shifts Mirallas, McCarthy, Klaassen, Schneiderlin and Besic.
Trouble is, we suddenly have to sell at a loss and buy at a premium.
61 Posted 04/12/2017 at 18:46:55
Sam is shopping at a higher level now and I would expect better players though I too think N'Zonzi is very good.
62 Posted 04/12/2017 at 20:20:09
Deeney gives nothing new. Would like Sandro to be given a proper run-out.
63 Posted 04/12/2017 at 22:59:11
For an aging striker who's worth a little less than a goal every four games from open play, £40 million is beyond ridiculous.
64 Posted 04/12/2017 at 23:07:08
My concern with a the Deeneys of the world that they don't advance us as a club; in addition, would it be Big Sam's route one, knock it long, and fight for the second ball philosophy as oppose to his statement that he wants to see the club grow; but which of the top 6 sides play like that?
65 Posted 04/12/2017 at 23:13:20
Just this morning, France assistant manager Guy Stephan came out and said Giroud must consider moving on.
66 Posted 05/12/2017 at 12:51:59
Food for thought!
67 Posted 05/12/2017 at 18:50:54
68 Posted 05/12/2017 at 20:26:56
69 Posted 05/12/2017 at 21:56:21
Nzonzi woudn't be a bad buy by any means. Deeney's an okay player, and Allardyce probably thinks he gives us more physicality at corners and set pieces. The cost of players has gone sky high recently but I too think £40m for Deeney is excessive, £20m maybe.
It's notoriously difficult to attract top players in January, it's okay saying I'd sooner have so and so, but there's lots of reasons why it doesn't happen. We have enough not get relegated anyway, especially with the new manager, so I'm not that fussed about transfers.
I'd sooner stick with the young players and make a fresh start in the summer. We also have a number of promising young players out on loan that will come back to us for next season. If we can't attract better players now, why bother.
70 Posted 05/12/2017 at 22:30:33
71 Posted 06/12/2017 at 01:33:36
72 Posted 06/12/2017 at 02:11:47
73 Posted 06/12/2017 at 04:22:01
74 Posted 06/12/2017 at 05:54:24
I've only seen him twice, but by all accounts he's having a brilliant season, and a Belgian paper reported yesterday that Barca and Man Utd are interested in him.
75 Posted 06/12/2017 at 08:39:51
Maybe when he was 23 and had a future; at 28-29, no resale value, I can't see anyone stumping up those wages, unless he's on a free.
76 Posted 06/12/2017 at 08:42:26
77 Posted 06/12/2017 at 08:59:12
78 Posted 06/12/2017 at 14:13:42
The Stoke guy Shaquiri would be good for us. Been quite impressive over the last few games.
79 Posted 06/12/2017 at 14:19:08
If I have remembered correctly, would he sign for Big Sam again? I agree his position is not a priority but he could replace Schneiderlin who has to go.
80 Posted 06/12/2017 at 14:29:28
That was Joe Kinnear with Charles N'zogbia at Newcastle.
81 Posted 06/12/2017 at 15:04:32
Anyway I digress, basically I do remember him playing for Stoke, but hasten to add without him being outstanding, but more of a decent player.
How they suddenly rate him in the £20M + category now is beyond me, what I can gather, he has had a couple of good seasons in Spain, and since fallen out of favour.
The big question being why? Is it because his form has dipped, is it because of his attitude, or a combination of these?
The only good thing to come of a prospective move is, should a sensible fee be agreed upon, he would displace Schneiderlin. People rave about him, but I have only ever seen him have one decent game in 18 months!
82 Posted 06/12/2017 at 17:49:16
I struggle to think of any players who have followed previous managers to new clubs with any resounding success. In our case I can think of Alcaraz, Robles and McCarthy who Martinez brought from Wigan, and Schneiderlin, Stekelenburg and Martina from Koeman's Southampton (I realise Schneiderlin came via Man Utd). I don't think Moyes brought anyone from Preston but the Everton players who followed him to Sunderland hardly lit the place up.
Of those, McCarthy and perhaps Robles are the only two with any merit. Sam is now (allegedly) going after his old cohorts and I just hope due diligence is being observed in considering all alternatives. Is N'Zonzi someone who Sam has latched onto, or has Walsh alerted him? I personally know little about him but I haven't read anyone on here busting with enthusiasm. Was he playing in the friendly preseason?
John Smith's earlier comment about the turn around when he was subbed off against Liverpool was rather telling, but hopefully Steve Walsh is busy getting together a decent hit list for January and if this fella does come I will wish him all the best but I remain sceptical in the meantime.
83 Posted 06/12/2017 at 18:17:42
84 Posted 06/12/2017 at 18:21:55
He also tried to bring in some others like the goalie but ultimately decided that they werent good enough.
Allardyce managed Nzonzi at Blackburn.
And his name is Nzonzi: https://m.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Steven-nzonzi-s-ecrit-sans-apostrophe/847380
85 Posted 06/12/2017 at 20:51:28
86 Posted 07/12/2017 at 04:14:45
87 Posted 06/12/2017 at 13:41:07
88 Posted 08/12/2017 at 09:27:37
89 Posted 08/12/2017 at 10:00:16
I would rather Giroud than Walcott as the latter relies on a pace that is dwindling. Generally speaking, I would rather we target players in the 22-26 range as this seems to be what we are lacking. We have lots of youngsters and lots of old heads.
I actually think we will struggle to get a striker in January who is going to be a big improvement on Calvert-Lewin and Niasse and would rather wait till the Summer and give those two the chance I think their effort has deserved. Other than that, I think we have a big enough squad and it is simply a case of replacing/upgrading if the likes of Barkley, Schneiderlin etc leave/can be sold. The only position that I feel certain we need to remedy is left-back. Baines has simply not looked up to it this year and I don't think it's coincidence that our form has turned around without him in the team. He's still got the mind but just not the body. Not quick, dynamic or strong enough.
Shaw might be an interesting option. Chilwell looks promising. Van Aanholt would not be the end of the world. Someone like Tierney from Celtic could be interesting or someone like Guerreiro from Dortmund or Telles from Porto would be top class. Or is it worth seeing if Kenny can play there when Coleman returns?
90 Posted 08/12/2017 at 10:41:25
Anyway, with confidence returning, Bolasie and Coleman to come back during the second half of the season, I think our squad balance will improve.
Agree we need a left back and possibly a good centre back and a centre forward... but they need to demonstrably better than what we already have, otherwise wait for the summer or for the youngsters to grow into the role. I would rather we made one good signing than 3 naff ones.
91 Posted 08/12/2017 at 11:02:48
92 Posted 08/12/2017 at 11:04:30
93 Posted 08/12/2017 at 11:08:42
94 Posted 08/12/2017 at 11:57:10
We have a wealth of talent maturing nicely and while this season we are not going to set the world on fire, this acquisition if it could happen would send some strong messages out. If Sam can consolidate a decent finish this season, he or another incumbent (wishing back to Simeone whose style of play would be a great fit with our squad as it's shaping up) could really see us on the up next term.
Last night's run-out was a thoroughly encouraging (and eye-opening) display, all round. I'm starting to feel optimistic again and we just need to throw off those shackles and pull something off this weekend. Sam could make our Xmases early and would become an overnight legend.
95 Posted 08/12/2017 at 12:36:07
I like the idea but no chance, Real and PSG were allegedly sniffing round him in the summer.
96 Posted 08/12/2017 at 12:46:32
I think there's legs to this. Dortmund are in need of cash to shake their team up and they're actively trying to sell Aubameyang. The question is: will the player's agent then use us to flush out other sides who would be preferred options? This is the problem we had in the summer. We were too ambitious, and couldn't land the players we went in for.
Kim, you seem to be describing a 4-4-2 and there's too many attacking players names in that line-up to be realistic. If Rooney plays deep, he'll be supported by two defensive-minded central midfielders.
I think the left of a front three, in a 4-3-3, is a better position for him in a more balanced side. We've played more 4-5-1 in the last two league games (and 4-2-3-1 last night) and Aubameyang would have to play up top on his own in this formation.
97 Posted 08/12/2017 at 14:23:33
And, just wait 3-6 months until the newspapers uncover the fact 1/3 of that price was kicked back to Big Sam.
98 Posted 08/12/2017 at 15:08:46
Now this is business the Allardyce way. Get used to it, you soft-hearted blue boys. All hail!!!
99 Posted 08/12/2017 at 15:44:35
100 Posted 08/12/2017 at 16:10:50
Happy Christmas, everybody.
101 Posted 08/12/2017 at 16:16:57
By the way, on a serious note: If Aubameyang comes to Everton, I shall paint my johnson Royal Blue and streak across the Goodison pitch before a "summer" Premier League game! (Don't wanna be "further" ridiculed by doing it on a very cold day!)
102 Posted 08/12/2017 at 20:30:06
We are the club who paid £75M for Schneiderlin, Klaassen and Keane, but surely nobody would be daft enough to pay £40M for Deeney?
103 Posted 13/12/2017 at 08:29:03
Is he really worth that?
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