N'Zonzi 'ready to pressure' Stoke City into accepting Sevilla approach

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Sevilla remain keen on Stoke City midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, and are confident he'll talk his current club into accepting another bid from the Spanish side.

With aspirations of playing in the Champions League, midfielder Steven N'Zonzi is set for crucial talks with Stoke City over the coming days, in which he will inform the club of his desire to join Sevilla.

The Andaluz club have already had a bid of £3 million rejected as "derisory" by The Potters, who are eager to retain the Frenchman, but he is keen to force through a move, given his ambitions of playing in the Champions League.

The Spanish reports claim that regardless of how convincing Mark Hughes may be, when it comes to urging N'Zonzi to stay at the Britannia Stadium, the player has already made his mind up he wants to leave, with Sevilla ready to match both his ambitions and his salary demands.

Entering the final year of his contract, there has also been a £7 million approach from Leicester City, according to The Independent, although it is believed N'Zonzi has already dismissed that approach, given his preference to join a club competing in European competition.

Over the last week, N'Zonzi has also been linked with interest from a wealth of other Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa and West Ham United, according to reports in The Mirror.

There is the acknowledgement in Spain that with such a difference in valuations, between the first offer from Sevilla and the price Stoke want to realise, if they're forced to sell the 26-year-old, negotiations could end up proving very lengthy.

Sevilla recently pulled out of a planned move for Ukraine star Yevhen Konoplyanka, who Stoke have remained keen to sign, because talks were dragging out too long and his financial demands kept changing.

Should talks eventually take too long, Sevilla sporting director Monchi does have numerous alternative options on his shortlist, including QPR midfielders Leroy Fer and Sandro, although it's clear that N'Zonzi remains their preferred target.

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