Stoke seal late swoop for Blackburn midfielder N’Zonzi

The Potters enjoyed a busy final day of the transfer window and managed to snare the versatile Frenchman from Rovers who says he is looking forward to a new challenge
Stoke City have signed Steven N’Zonzi from Blackburn Rovers on a four-year contract, for an initial £3.5 million, although the fee could rise as high as £5m.

The Potters managed to seal the deal just minutes before the transfer window closed on a busy day for Tony Pulis’s side who also brought in Charlie Adam from Liverpool and Maurice Edu from Rangers.

The 23-year-old admitted he was delighted to make the move to the Britannia Stadium and was looking forward to improving his game at Stoke.

“I am very happy to be here and I would like to thank Stoke for giving me this chance because I felt that I was ready for a move and a new challenge,” he told the club’s official website.

“There is strong competition for places here at Stoke, but that is part of the game and that can only help to make me an even better player.

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“I heard that the Club was interested in me a couple of weeks ago, although I think they have been looking at me for a long time.

“It’s been a very long day and I didn’t know if it was going to happen or not, but I am delighted it has all been sorted out.”

Manager Pulis also added that he was pleased to be able to freshen up his squad and said he expected N’Zonzi to become a fans' favourite at the Britannia Stadium.

“Steven is an outstanding young prospect,” he said.

“He has made a big impact in the Premier League since he arrived at Blackburn three years ago and I am sure he will prove to be an excellent addition to our squad. He is the type of player who will endear himself to our supporters.

“We needed to freshen up the squad with new additions and Steven’s qualities give us good options in key areas of the team.”