SAM PUTS NZONZI IN HIS SIGHTZ

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY JOHN RICHARD­SON and TOM HOP­KIN­SON BY SI­MON MUL­LOCK

SAM AL­LARDYCE has tar­geted Sevilla mid­fielder Steven Nzonzi as one of his Ever­ton pri­or­ity sign­ings.

Al­lardyce is also con­sid­er­ing a Jan­uary move for Wat­ford striker Troy Deeney as he looks to cash in on the bumper trans­fer funds promised by ma­jor­ity share­holder Farhad Moshiri.

Nzonzi, 28, (left) played un­der Al­lardyce at Black­burn and is anx­ious to leave Spain hav­ing joined Sevilla from Stoke City for £7mil­lion two-and-ahalf years ago.

Seville will be re­luc­tant to part with one of their main play­ers, but a fee of around £20m would tempt them

Al­lardyce is pre­pared to spend up to £40m on a new striker, with Deeney top of the new Good­i­son gaffer’s list.

He also wants to bol­ster his de­fence, with West Brom’s Jonny Evans and Crys­tal Palace left-back Pa­trick van Aan­holt on his radar. JOSE MOUR­INHO has blocked any move away from Old Traf­ford on loan in the new year for Manch­ester United young­ster Scott McTom­i­nay.

The 20-year-old mid­fielder (above) has been at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Scot­tish gi­ants Rangers as well as a hand­ful of Cham­pi­onship clubs.

But Mour­inho be­lieves McTom­i­nay has a role to play with his squad this sea­son as United go for glory on four fronts.

The United boss gave the Lan­cast­er­born player his de­but at Ar­se­nal last May and he has made four ap­pear­ances in the Cham­pi­ons League and Carabao Cup this sea­son.

ODION IGHALO has put Premier League clubs on alert as he tar­gets a Jan­uary re­turn. The ex-Wat­ford striker (above) joined Chi­nese Su­per League club Changchun Yatai on £190,000a-week al­most a year ago. But he said: “If I had my way I would have stayed in the Premier League. My pri­or­ity was to re­main in Eng­land.”

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