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Hammers deny 31 year old midfielder is a target

Speculation that David Moyes is trying to bring in Steve Nzonzi from Roma was described this morning as “virtually certain NOT to be the case.”

The report appears in The Sun where journalist Alan Nixon claims the midfielder can move on loan from Roma who are currently fielding offers for the 31 year old with the Hammers leading the way.

However, Moyes – despite having been an admirer in the past – is highly unlikely to move tfor the player with the chances of it happening rated as no more than 5 per cent.

The French intermational has made 195 starts in the Premier League and has played in has played in Spain, Italy and Turkey since starting his career  with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

Aston Villa have  also shown an interest  recently and he seems far more likely to end up in their claret and view than ours.

We were told by e mail from inside the London Stadium: “It’s barely a starter – no higher than fve per cent chance – the manager wants younger players. That’s virtually certain not to be the case.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

10 comments on “Hammers deny 31 year old midfielder is a target

  1. Phew! A good player, but not the player we need right now.

    Franck Kessie from Milan would be a better signing. At 23, he’s years ahead of him yet. He’s strong on the ball, turns defence into attack and even takes penalties – a long term replacement for Noble, who can’t be expected to play every game or a full 90 minutes on a regular basis.

  2. Like Joe Allen?

    It’s been denied he’s a target because we clearly don’t actually have any or intend to strengthen this Championship squad we currently have

    They deserve relegation and anyone with a ST who renews gets what they deserve too

    The club is being asset stripped, is rudderless, has no long term thinking, and is hurtling towards years in the lower divisions under these conmen

    They are parasites and I wish them nothing but the very worst

  3. Please Hugh, could you tell one of your sources about a player from Toulouse called Ibrahim Sangare? He’d be a perfect partner for Rice. Young, athletic, lots of potential, can pass, likes to go forward, great at tackling/intercepting etc

      • A DM/box-to-box midfielder Hugh, think he would be a good signing for us. Along with Rice would give proper cover to the defence and not afraid to drive with the ball. I believe he’s the best midfielder in Europe for passes into the final third, lots of energy, best friends with Diop etc. Think it could be a good signing (either now or in the summer)

  4. Why does David Moyes say he wants young Players and then doesn’t play those he has got ? We need to sign Players and knowing that the Board are working on doing this would be a relief, even if they cannot name names.

  5. Too expensive for sullivan. Costs two pennies. What is the point publishing these transfer news? We are getting no one because of liars.

  6. 5/6 years ago Nzonzi would have been the ideal signing. Really rated him. I would fear the worst at 31 planning in Turkey, but have not seen him for 2 or 3 years. 5% probability is a pretty long shot!

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