Report: Aston Villa, West Ham in battle for Stoke City midfielder Steven N'Zonzi

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Stoke City star Steven N'Zonzi seemingly won't be short of suitors this summer.

According to the Daily Mirror, Aston Villa, West Brom and West Ham are all considering summer moves to sign Stoke midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.

N'Zonzi, 26, first arrived in England back in 2009, joining Blackburn Rovers from Amiens in his native France - and has since become a star in the Premier League.

Now with Stoke City, N'Zonzi has flourished under Mark Hughes, and capped off a superb campaign with a stunning long range goal against Liverpool on the final day of the Premier League season.

However, the Frenchman now has just one year left on his contract at the Britannia Stadium, and could look to leave the club this summer if the right offer arrives.

The Mirror believe that Aston Villa, West Brom and West Ham are all interested in signing N'Zonzi, and are all willing to pay around £6m to land him this summer.

West Brom, managed by N'Zonzi's former Stoke boss Tony Pulis could fancy their chances of landing him, but Villa and West Ham also need midfielders, and could be prominent in the race to sign N'Zonzi.

Aiming too low?

N'Zonzi has had a great year with Stoke, and now he needs to be pushing on to try and secure a place in the France national team squad ahead of the European Championships next summer.

Transfers to the likes of Villa, West Brom or West Ham seem like sideways moves for N'Zonzi, who saw Stoke finish above all three clubs this past season.

Instead, N'Zonzi should be aiming higher, pushing for a move to a club like Liverpool or Tottenham - both of whom could stand to add a powerful midfielder like N'Zonzi this summer.

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