The 28-year-old's career took off at Sevilla after spells in England with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City but his time in Spain looks to be coming to and end following an apparent falling out with manager Eduardo Berizzo.
"My future is clearly elsewhere than in Seville," Nzonzi was recently quoted as saying. "The only thing that disappoints me is the manner in which this is ending."
MailSport suggest that the French-born player is in London to visit his son and that Sam Allardyce is keen to link back up with him, possibly on loan to begin with, having worked with him at Ewood Park.
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1 Posted 21/12/2017 at 06:51:12
2 Posted 21/12/2017 at 07:15:34
Peter, I think you would see Gana's game improve if he had someone like Nzonzi, alongside. I remember when he first came to us (Gana) he was a different and better player than he is now, so I feel a regular partnership would bring that back in him.
I hope we don't end up paying silly money, after all, he is 28, and blow the majority of the January budget.
Left back, and striker still vital to galvanise defence, and improve our scoring.
3 Posted 21/12/2017 at 08:46:55
4 Posted 21/12/2017 at 08:57:26
Do you see him as the playmaker to Gueye's ball winner? He seems an all rounded midfielder to me. Would certainly be an upgrade on Schneiderlin. Hard to imagine him choosing us over Arsenal if they are genuinely in the mix.
5 Posted 21/12/2017 at 09:21:28
If this guy is coming, surely it means the end of Barkley's tenure at Everton.
Getting rid of 2 of the above lot (Schneiderlin and Besic for me, with McCarthy and Klaassen to be given one more chance), would trim the squad and allow NZonzi to come in.
with Baningime hopefully another option next year (after sending him out on loan in January)
6 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:05:23
There's a big difference between being 'overloaded' with players and having good ones.
7 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:08:58
Will leave us open to offers for Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Barkley, Klaassen, Mirallas and Besic.
I think at least 3 of the above will move on for the good of their own careers.
8 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:53:25
9 Posted 21/12/2017 at 10:59:50
We don't need another squad player, we need a goal scoring box to box midfielder.
Now there's a chap at Forest pulling up the trees; top scorer and a quality player!
10 Posted 21/12/2017 at 11:39:02
As I said on another thread I personally wouldn't go near him, he's 30 next year, he isn't a box to box mid he's a DM and with Beni & Gana we don't need another one.
Bolasie will feel like a new signing, maybe most of us are forgetting that he created most of our goals before United did for him.
Having him & Lennon either side of Gylfi with Wayne alongside Gana will surprise many clubs in the new year.
Like many I'd opt for a left footed defender and a centre forward. I know Walcott isn't a big goal scorer but trying for him on loan would give us a bit of depth on the right.
11 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:10:03
12 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:12:39
To be fair, I don't think Man Utd had anything to do with his injury. It was a pure accident.
13 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:29:24
Some say that we don't need him I disagree, Besic? Average at best with a shite injury record, McCarthy same as above; Klaassen will be loaned out in January imo. Davies whilst good has a lot to learn.
Gana top notch at working hard and getting the ball back, but very poor with the ball. Schneiderlin... well awful to be honest.
I'd like what Sevilla had, Nzonzi with Benega, we need a ball player with Nzonzi sitting. Until we get that axis, our possession play will always be rubbish.
14 Posted 21/12/2017 at 12:52:27
What the fuck is wrong with the game when a player can be cautioned for such an innocent gesture? Still, it's one less threat to worry about in what is already a tough game.
15 Posted 21/12/2017 at 13:12:17
Gana is not great in the final third. The type of midfielder we need is one who can offer more going forward. I've not seen enough of Nzonzi to know if he can do this.
16 Posted 21/12/2017 at 13:13:52
17 Posted 21/12/2017 at 14:07:02
18 Posted 21/12/2017 at 14:15:45
19 Posted 21/12/2017 at 15:11:47
We need a left back and watching the boy Joe Bryan playing for Bristol City last night, I was hugely impressed. A friend of mine who is a Derby supporter mentioned this chap some weeks ago but his name went over my head until I realised who he was talking about last night.
20 Posted 21/12/2017 at 15:49:51
21 Posted 21/12/2017 at 16:25:27
22 Posted 21/12/2017 at 16:55:27
Not looking to piss on your parade mate, or dampen your enthusiasm, but Bolasie has been out for nigh on 12 months with a career-threatening injury, what makes you think he will be 'like a new signing'?
It will probably be next season before he is anything like he was before he got injured. Sorry, but I can't recall him creating most of our goals either?
23 Posted 21/12/2017 at 17:10:15
A typical bloke, having split from his latest girlfriend, decided to take a holiday. He booked himself on a cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.
He found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts. After about four months, he is lying on the beach one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore.
In disbelief, he asks, 'Where did you come from? How did you get here? She replies, 'I rowed from the other side of the island. I landed here when my cruise ship sank.'
'Amazing,' he notes. 'You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you.'
'Oh, this thing?' explains the woman. 'I made the boat out of raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree.'
'But, where did you get the tools?'
'Oh, that was no problem,' replied the woman. 'On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into ductile iron. I used that for tools and used the tools to make the hardware.'
The guy is stunned.
'Let's row over to my place,' she says. After a few minutes of rowing,she docks the boat at a small wharf... As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat. Before him is stone walk leading to an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white.
While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck. As they walk into the house, she says casually, 'It's not much but I call it home. Sit down, please. Would you like a drink?'
'No! No thank you,' he blurts out, still dazed.
'I can't take another drop of coconut juice.' 'It's not coconut juice,' winks the woman. 'I have a still. How would you like a Pina Colada?'
Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they have exchanged their stories, the woman announces, 'I'm going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? There is a razor upstairs in the bathroom cabinet.'
No longer questioning anything, the man goes into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet, a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism.
'This woman is amazing,' he muses. 'What next?'
When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but vines, strategically positioned, and smelling faintly of gardenias. She beckons for him to sit down next to her.
'Tell me,' she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, 'We've been out here for many months. You've been lonely. There's something I'm sure you really feel like doing right now, something you've been longing for?' She stares into his eyes.
He swallows excitedly and tears start to form in his eyes .
'Fucking hell don't tell me you've got Sky Sports?'
Be seeing you Saturday, but in the meantime Happy Christmas every one.
24 Posted 21/12/2017 at 18:25:28
Both of those fouls were instant red cards IMO.
25 Posted 21/12/2017 at 19:13:37
We need in January a left-back and another centre-back. Forget Nzonzi, get these three positions sorted for now.
26 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:22:13
27 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:29:13
Just get the strikers signed up. And a left back.
Then fanny around with anything else when it is sorted. The last thing we want is a repeat of the summer window.
28 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:39:29
Plus I'd rather have 20 mins of Bolasie gaining fitness if it means 20 mins less of Schneiderlin.
29 Posted 21/12/2017 at 22:44:39
All the best.
30 Posted 21/12/2017 at 23:00:57
31 Posted 21/12/2017 at 23:10:55
In the original, the guy is a software engineer, and the punchline is, "You mean you've got an Internet connection?"
Your version is way better.
32 Posted 21/12/2017 at 23:19:45
And he says "Fucking hell have you got a set of clubs here as well"?
33 Posted 22/12/2017 at 00:19:20
And as someone said, let's give young Dowell a go when he returns from Forest.
We have a very big squad now too big and overloaded in midfield already. Need to sell about 5 players this window and bring in a forward and left back.
34 Posted 22/12/2017 at 01:16:57
35 Posted 22/12/2017 at 11:11:52
36 Posted 22/12/2017 at 13:58:42
37 Posted 22/12/2017 at 14:12:34
It'll be bloody Puncheon next then Van Aanholt.
Maybe we should just draw up a list of every player who still wears boots that Allardyce has ever signed and do the journo's job for them.
Judging by his Chelsea presser we won't be going anywhere near Kone either.
38 Posted 22/12/2017 at 14:35:29
* Las Vegas shooter.
39 Posted 25/12/2017 at 08:43:41
Luke Shaw? Do we need another sick note?
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