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West Ham manager David Moyes has admitted the Hammers are interested in signing Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi.

Arsenal and Everton are also pursuing the 29 year old, the Sun reports, but Moyes is the first Premier League manager to openly declare they are looking to buy the Frenchman. He was quoted by the Sun as saying:

“I think he’s somebody who would be of interest to us if he came on the market. I wouldn’t say that about others, but he’s not playing for some reason at Sevilla – albeit the manager’s gone, so maybe that changes the situation there.”

As Moyes mentions, the sacking of Eduardo Berizzo as Sevilla manager could have an impact on N’Zonzi’s future. The France international fell out with the former boss at half time with the Spanish club 3-0 down against Liverpool in the Champions League back in November. Since then, he hasn’t played a single minute of first team action, and officials have suggested the player could be sold if a club meets the player’s €35m (£31m) release clause.

The midfielder’s future is now likely to depend on Sevilla’s next manager. N’Zonzi was a crucial part of the Europa League triumph in 2016 under Unai Emery, and excelled under his successor Jorge Sampaoli last season so his talents are unlikely to be dismissed by whoever takes over at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

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