Stoke are having trouble signing their defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi to a new contract, and the club have been told he has no plans to sign a new deal to stay at the Britannia Stadium.
With only one year left of his contract it looks like the 6’3″ player would be available at something less than £6M this summer.
Steven N’Zonzi – wants to leave Stoke
26 year-old N’Zonzi is keen to be capped by France, and although he’s played 6 times for the France U21 side he has never played for the full France side.
Steven has turned down the chance to play for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who he qualifies to play for because of his father – because he wants to play for France.
Steven wants to join a bigger club than Stoke, and although Newcastle have had a poor team for the last three years, we still have a (very) high profile in France and with France manager Didier Deschamps.
When Loic Remy surprisingly signed for QPR instead of Newcastle in January 2012, Didier Deschamps said he was disappointed at Remy’s move, and signing on at Newcastle would have been a better career move.
There are cases where Frenchmen like Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko have joined Newcastle and become starters for the French National side.
Newcastle don’t play in Europe too much these days, but at less than £6M Steven would be an excellent replacement for Ivorian International Cheick Tiote, who turns 29 on Saturday, and is likely to leave Newcastle this summer.
The 26 year-old was Stoke’s Player of the Season last year, but Newcastle may have some trouble persuading him to sign for Newcastle because of our poor form these last three years, and the fact that Newcastle only just avoided relegation in May – on the final day of the season.
But it would be worth a try – nothing ventured nothing gained – and he’s certainly worth around £6M to Newcastle.
Since joining Stoke from Blackburn Rovers in 2012 for £3M, Steven has played 120 times for Stoke City with 7 goals.
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