Contract talks to begin with 27-year-old after Steve Walsh sanctions Everton scouting mission - reports
By Dominic Toner
Everton are currently monitoring Steven N’Zonzi but Sevilla are not looking to sell him, according to a report.
The Mail claim that Spanish side Sevilla are looking to open talks with the midfielder over a new contract to secure his long-term future.
It is understood that the 27-year-old has a buyout clause of £26million and in today’s market that could easily be matched by the riches of the English league.
The report details that Everton and Premier League champions Leicester are interested, with the latter failing in a bid to sign N’Zonzi in the summer transfer window.
Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh has sent scouts to watch N’Zonzi this season and will not be put off by the asking price.
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N’Zonzi is no stranger to the Premier League, playing for both Stoke and Blackburn during his time in England.
The Frenchman has become a regular player at Europa League champions Sevilla and is used as a defensive midfielder.
He has made nine appearances this season and helped Sevilla to third-placed in La Liga, just a point behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman was linked with several midfielders in the summer and managed to land Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa.
The Senegalese international has been phenomenal for the Toffees and provided a solid platform for the team.
Gareth Barry has been another regular player in the midfield but the 35-year-old will surely need cover for the season.
In other Everton transfer news, Jose Mourinho sent scouts to watch the club’s pair against Crystal Palace.