Jordan Henderson of Liverpool puts pressure on Steven N'Zonzi of Sevilla during the UEFA Champions League group E match.
After more than two years of success it looks as if Steven N'Zonzi's time at Sevilla is going to end on something of a bad note following a bust-up with head coach Eduardo Berizzo.
Spanish publication AS reports that N'Zonzi reacted badly when he was substituted at half-time during the Champions League clash with Liverpool on November 21, with the hosts trailing 3-0 at the break.
Eduardo Berizzo gives instructions to his players during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Sevilla and Liverpool.
They came back to drew 3-3 but the midfielder wasn't there to see it having left the stadium after coming off and then not turning up to training the following day. N'Zonzi has since been training alone.
An exit from the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium for the recently capped France international has been rumoured for some time, with him wanting to leave over the summer but no club was willing to meet his £35m release clause.
It was rumoured by the Sun last month that N'Zonzi, who previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, wanted a return to the Premier League and after this latest development, could it be the perfect time for Newcastle United to swoop?
Rafael Benitez, manager of Newcastle United, looks on prior to the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion.
The Magpies are in desperate need of some top flight talent in their squad and while in central midfield Mikel Merino has impressed and Jonjo Shelvey has been solid enough, in truth the likes of Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame and even Isaac Hayden are some way off the standard required.
Paying £35m for N'Zonzi would not be realistic for Newcastle but if, as reported by the Chronicle, a takeover is completed before January then manager Rafa Benitez could have enough funds to convince Sevilla to sell.