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Football transfer rumours: Troy Deeney and Steven N’Zonzi to Everton?

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Everton’s failure to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window has been cited as one of several reasons for their sluggish start to the season. The Toffees have drawn seven blanks in all competitions already this season and their new manager, Sam Allardyce, has his beady eye on Watford’s club captain and striker, Troy Deeney, as a potential January recruit. Deeney has started just four Premier League matches for Watford this season and irritated his manager, Marco Silva, with very public and disparaging remarks he made regarding Arsenal’s lack of “cojones”, an appraisal one suspects might have had Allardyce nodding in agreement. A robust, physical and no-nonsense striker built in the Kevin Davies mould, one suspects Deeney and Allardyce might get along like a house on fire.

Everton are also preparing to hitch their skirts in the direction of Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who has fallen out with his manager, Eduardo Berizzo, since being substituted in his side’s draw with Liverpool last month. The £25m-rated France international midfielder has not played since Sevilla’s epic second-half comeback two weeks ago and has since been exiled from the first-team squad. Arsenal are also understood to be interested in giving him a new home. And on an unsurprisingly busy morning of transfer speculation regarding Everton, considering the identity of their new manager, the club – along with West Ham and Swansea City – are also being linked with a move for Augsburg’s 27-year-old Ghanaian right-back, Daniel Opare.

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