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Arsenal suffer blow as rival team look to advance £25m deal in ‘next 48 hours’

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Everton are hoping to make progress on the signing of Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla within the “next 48 hours” according to the Daily Mail columnist Simon Jones.

Arsenal and West Ham are also reportedly interested in the 29 year old but it is believed that Everton manager Sam Allardyce has proved influential in the Frenchman deciding on a switch to Merseyside.

N’Zonzi worked with the former England boss at Blackburn Rovers, and it seems there will be movement on a proposed £25m transfer to Goodison Park in the next couple of days.

The France international has a new manager at Sevilla in Vincenzo Montella after Eduardo Berizzo was sacked last week. The change of coach could have have seen him return to the first team fold at the La Liga side, but it seems that there is still some bad blood between the player and the club’s hierarchy.

N’Zonzi has not played since being substituted at half time in Sevilla’s 3-3 draw against Liverpool last month. Speculation over a move to Arsenal then grew with Spanish media reports suggesting a deal with the Gunners was close to being completed. It seems now though that Everton are the club in pole position to sign the midfielder.

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