By Russell Edge

26th Dec, 2017 | 12:26pm

West Ham ready January swoop for £27m-rated wantaway international - report

West Ham are readying a January transfer move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi as he looks to secure an exit from the Spanish club, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim on their website that the £27million-rated (€30million) enforcer has been made available to depart in the upcoming winter window, after a confrontation with former Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo.

He has not appeared for the club since the altercation, and despite Berizzo being dismissed as manager last week, it is claimed that the 29-year-old is still keen on returning to play in the Premier League, having made 120 appearances for Stoke City during his time in England.

He has managed to make 16 appearances for Sevilla this season, while he has also picked up two international caps for France, his debut coming back in November 2017.

Football Insider verdict

West Ham are a side blessed with midfield talent, but much of it is focused on attacking. They are lacking a natural enforcer in the centre of the park, and N’Zonzi could well be the solution to their problems. He is a proven talent in England’s top flight, and considering his situation at Sevilla he could be available for a cut price deal. Still, his arrival would mean more competition for those already at the club, and it could be that David Moyes is forced to offload some of those unlikely to be utilised in the first team set up for the second half of the season.

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