Falling out with Eduardo Berizzo at Sevilla, there was a couple of weeks where Steven N’Zonzi’s future appeared to be far away from the south of Spain.
Arsenal and Everton (because of Sam Allardyce’s appointment) appeared to be the likelier landing spots for the France international, but bids never materialised.
One of the reasons behind this happens to be the defensive midfielder’s release clause, but also the fact Eduardo Berizzo has since been fired, replaced by Vincenzo Montella.
The Italian manager has since reinstated N’Zonzi into the team, and TF1 in France are reporting a transfer in January now seems unlikely, even if Everton are still interested.
On top of that, West Ham, well-known to be looking around Europe for a new defensive midfielder, will also be keeping an eye on how the player fares during the second half of the season.
Our guess here is that both teams will wait until the summer, when money might be a bit more abundant before making a move for the 29-year-old.
West Ham have been linked with the likes of William Carvalho and Leander Dendoncker for the role, suggesting N’Zonzi would be the more experienced option should they go for him.
Either way, we could have an exciting David Moyes vs Sam Allardyce battle starting next June.