Signing N'Zonzi should convince Everton to loan out Baningime

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Sam Allardyce has been quoted with an interest in bringing Steven N'Zonzi to Everton.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton in discussion with Ashley Williams of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Swansea City at Goodison Park on December 18, 2017 in...

Everton manager Sam Allardyce is likely to be busy in his first transfer window as Toffees manager as he weighs up positions that need strengthening within the Merseyside club's squad.

A new centre-back is likely to be a priority, as could a full-back and the eventual replacement to Romelu Lukaku. However, the Daily Mirror claim Allardyce is looking to add Sevilla central midfielder Steven N'Zonzi to his side.

The report claims Allardyce's Toffees are confident that they can secure the 6ft 4in giant on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent deal, but face competition from Arsenal and West Ham for the 29-year-old.

France's midfielder Steven Nzonzi (R) vies for the ball during the friendly football match between France and Wales at the Stade de France stadium, in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of...

N'Zonzi played under Allardyce during his spell at Blackburn Rovers, and has now become available after a row with the La Liga outfit's manager Eduardo Berizzo - which has seen him miss the last four league games.

The move to add a central midfielder is somewhat a surprising one. The Goodison Park club are already well-stocked in that area, especially following the breakthrough of Tom Davies and Beni Baningime, and Allardyce should sell first.

The Toffees have the aforementioned teenage duo, Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, James McCarthy, Ross Barkley, Davy Klaassen and Mo Besic. Everton must look to make room.

Beni Baningime of Everton warms up for the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Although he featured regularly under interim manager David Unsworth, the 19-year-old has featured just once since Allardyce took over in the 3-0 win over Apollon Limassol.

Clearly way down the pecking order under the Toffees' new boss, Baningime desperately needs first-team football to continue his development and reach the fullest of his promising potential.

That should convince both player and club to allow Baningime to leave on loan in January, if the Toffees do indeed land two-time France international N'Zonzi's signature.

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