Stoke City and QPR midfielders remain on the Sevilla transfer agenda

Sevilla Football Club

The Europa League winners are set to continue their pursuit of N'Zonzi, whilst Sandro is highlighted as an alternative option.

The sports directive at Sevilla are currently weighing up a number of midfield options to replace Stephane M'Bia, who departed the club following the expiry of his contract, and with no renewal offer made.

Before the weekend, The Telegraph reported that Stoke City flatly rejected what they considered a "derisory" offer for Steven N'Zonzi, even though the 26-year-old has apparently indicated he won't extend his contract at the club, which expires in 2016.

The rejected bid from Sevilla was reportedly £3 million, although that could be increased according to Diario de Sevilla, who believe that N'Zonzi is the primary midfield target of the Europa League winners, but have also highlighted other options.

One alternative they have underlined is QPR midfielder Sandro, who certainly matches the characteristics Sevilla are looking for, especially physically and in the air, as they try to replace what M'Bia offered to the team.

Acknowledging that Stoke City might be more favourable towards selling N'Zonzi, if Sevilla make a second approach and double their offer to £6 million, the option of bidding for Sandro instead, could prove even more costly.

Although QPR may need to sell, following their relegation to the Championship, they will likely want to recoup as much as possible for Sandro, having only signed him from Tottenham last summer. Indeed, as much as £9 million according to the Spanish reports.

There is also third option which Sevilla are considering. Reports in Turkey have suggested experienced Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo, who celebrates his 32nd birthday on 26th June, could be a more cost effective alternative.

In addition, the Brazilian not only holds a Spanish passport, he also has prior working experience with manager Unai Emery, during a previous spell for both at Almeria.

Sevilla are clearly keeping their options open at the moment, but based on the profile of footballer they're looking to sign, N'Zonzi remains the primary objective, whilst Sandro and Felipe Melo are both considered good alternatives.

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