Blackburn Rovers Midfielder Steven N’Zonzi Set For Sunderland Switch After Submitting Transfer Request

Frenchman set for Rovers exit.

Blackburn midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has asked to leave the club following their relegation to the Championship, manager Steve Kean has confirmed.

The 23-year-old is wanted by Sunderland and should complete a move to Wearside in the next week after Kean admitted the Lancashire club were ‘listening to offers’ for N’Zonzi.

The Frenchman joined Blackburn from Amiens in 2009 and has played 97 games in three seasons at Ewood Park, scoring five times.

His tenacity and work-rate have caught the eye of Premier League bosses and Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill is now preparing to make his move for the £5 million-rated star.

Kean admitted that N’Zonzi has not taken part in the club’s pre-season training routine with the rest of the first team squad.

“He’s asked for a transfer, hence why he never went to [the training camp in] Austria,” he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

The Scot continued: “I had two meetings with his father and he wants to play elsewhere.

“We’ll be listening to offers, but as it stands, he remains under contract and we haven’t had any offers at all.”

Nzonzi signed a five-year contract in August 2010, soon after winning the player of the year award in his first season with the club.

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