It seems Steven Nzonzi is back on the radar for Premier League teams. As reported by Calciomercato in Italy, both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the Roma midfielder.
The World Cup winner only joined the Giallorossi in the summer for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £23.7 million. He has been a regular in Italy but is believed to be open to a return to England.
So should Everton reignite the interest they had in the player under Sam Allardyce?
Last January, Everton were linked with the then Sevilla player. Allardyce had previously signed him whilst in charge at Blackburn Rovers and the Frenchman was having issues at the La Liga club.
Diario AS first reported that Everton were keen on the player before Allardyce himself was quoted by the Liverpool Echo as stating he would sign the player ‘tomorrow’ if he had needed to improve in central midfield.
“I would take Steven N’Zonzi tomorrow. He is one of my better buys in my lifetime…
“For me, knowing him from that age and knowing him now, yes I would like him but with the amount of midfield players I have at the moment I’d have to move some player out to bring a player like Steven in.”
But even without Allardyce, would Nzonzi be a good buy?
That probably depends on the future of Idrissa Gana Gueye. The Senegal midfielder was heavily linked with PSG in January and keeping hold of the dynamic midfielder is looking like a tough task for the summer.
Bringing in an experienced head to replace him would certainly make sense.
However, Everton are reportedly set to target younger options, suggesting that Nzonzi might not be an option Marcel Brands would consider.
Judging by Allardyce’s other Everton recruits, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, and there unsuccessful spells at Goodison Park, avoiding another Big Sam favourite might actually be a wise decision.