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3rd Oct, 2016 | 3:49pm

Steve Walsh identifies midfielder with £20m buy-out clause as prime Everton target - report

By Harvey Byrne

Everton are on the trail of Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, according to a report.

The Mirror have claimed that director of football Steve Walsh has detailed the club’s scouts to keep a close eye on the 27-year-old.

It is stated that Walsh was interested in the former Blackburn and Stoke man during his time at Leicester and has retained his interest at the Toffees.

It is also reported that Walsh sent one of his top men to watch N’Zonzi during Sevilla’s clash against Real Betis and that the Goodison Park outfit would not be put off by the combative midfielder’s asking price.

N’Zonzi, who joined the La Liga side last summer in a £7million deal from Stoke has a £20million buy-out clause in his contract.

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However, the Mirror report states that new Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri is happy to bankroll the deal and would have no problem meeting that fee.

The businessman spent a massive £25million to bring attacker Yannick Bolasie to the squad in the summer and alongside the addition of Ronald Koeman and various other individual’s it would appear that he’s willing to pump a lot of money into the club.

Although, one hurdle could be that N’Zonzi, who has three years left on his contract is a key part of Sevilla’s midfield.

He helped his side win the Europa League in the last campaign, which ensured Champions League qualification and he has starred in nine encounters in all competitions in the new season.

In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are preparing to sell midfield ace James McCarthy.