Premier League clubs like West Ham United and Newcastle United were interested in signing Spezia striker MbalaN’Zola during the January transfer window according to his agent Doug Pingisi. He made this known in an interview with Grand Hotel Calciomercato.
MbalaN’Zola has been likened to Chelsea legend Didier Drogbadue to his playing style. The Spezia attacker could have followed in the footsteps of Didier Drogba by moving to the Premier League. Ivorian football icon Didier Drogba left French club Olympique Marseille to join Chelsea in a £24m deal in the summer of 2004 and he went on to have a very good career with the West London club.
Didier Drogba was a major reason behind the Blues’ Champions League triumph at the end of the 2011/12 season. The former Ivorian national team captain was also a Premier League winner on four occasions during his time at the club.
N’Zola is an Angola international who has been one of the best players for Spezia this season. He has helped the club to stay in the Italian Serie A after one season. Spezia are safe from relegation as they have six points more than third from bottom on the league standings with one more game left to play this season. He was compared to Didier Drogba by his manager VicenzoItaliano earlier in the season.
His agent Pingisi said they received offers for N’Zola from three teams in the Premier League, three teams in the Italian Serie A and one club from the German Bundesliga during the January transfer window and that it was decided that the time is not right for him to leave Spezia.
Apart from West Ham United and Newcastle United, Fulham were also keen on signing the Angolan striker. Gazzettadello Sport revealed that Fulham made a bid of £11.5m for the Spezia striker as they tried to bolster their squad to survive relegation from the Premier League. In the end, the Cottagers were not able to sign N’Zola and they have since been relegated from the English top flight.