Report: Leicester bid £7 million for Stoke's Steven N’Zonzi

The want-away midfielder has been linked to several clubs in recent weeks.

Steven N’Zonzi’s departure from Stoke City is seemingly inevitable, with the 26-year old refusing to budge on new contract talks and making his desire to move to a ‘bigger’ club clear in recent talks with the club – as reported by the Telegraph.

Leicester have now launched an ambitious £7 million bid, according to The Telegraph, and hope to tempt the midfielder with promises of further high-profile signings to come this summer.

Nigel Pearson is also close to completing the signing of N’Zonzi’s team-mate Robert Huth after the clubs agreed a £3 million fee. Huth excelled after joining the Foxes on loan in January as Leicester fought their way out of the Premier League relegation battle.

Where will he go?

While kudos must be given to Leicester’s ambition, a move to the King Power Stadium hardly constitutes a move to a ‘bigger’ club for the Frenchman.

N’Zonzi’s problem lies in the fact that whilst he would ideally like a move to a Premier League club, none of the top seven teams are really in need of a player of his calibre. While there is no doubt he has been a consistent performer over the last few years, he isn’t the type of player to push a European-chasing side onto the next level.

Following Sevilla’s failed £3 million bid, covered by Sky Sports, N’Zonzi’s best chance at a move to a so-called bigger club may indeed lie abroad. Whether any foreign team will match Stoke’s valuation is another matter entirely, however.

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