Everton were keen on signing Serie A defensive midfielder

Everton were interested in signing Steven N’Zonzi and faced competition from Marseille to land the Roma midfielder, who left the Premier League for Sevilla back in 2015, leaving Stoke City to go and win the Europa League, before heading on to the Italian capital last summer.

The midfield enforcer was a regular as he followed Monchi to Rome, racking up 39 appearances in all competitions, netting one goal as he has adapted his game to be a true anchor man rather than the all-action player he was at the English club.

Now though, with AS Roma having a full-scale overhaul this transfer window, Steven N’Zonzi could go, with Everton and Marseille understood to have registered an interest without making a concrete move.

Marcel Brands tends to favour younger players with the resale value, and the France international – who turns 31 in winter – is the complete opposite of that.

Sinking money into a player who is over 30 may not be the smartest idea, and it is hard to see the Dutchman signing the former Sevilla man because of his approach to transfers.

After Everton sold Idrissa Gueye to PSG it was expected that the Premier League club would move for the hard-working and defensive-minded N’Zonzi, but after agreeing to bring in Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph on cheap, they opted against signing the World Cup winner.

The French champions signed Senegalese star in £30 million deal and the chances of the Frenchman arriving at Goodison Park were high, but the move never materialised.