Charles N’Zogbia: Possible or Not?
With Charles N’Zogbia in such high demand this summer transfer window, and with his club seemingly happy to let him go at the right price, could a return to Tyneside for Charles be possible?
Clubs such as Aston Villa, Everton, Sunderland and of course Newcastle United, are all reportedly interested in buying the 25 year old this summer but will any of these clubs stump up Dave Whelan’s rather large asking price? Wigan are said to be looking for in the region of £9million for the French playmaker, with Dave Whelan making it clear that Wigan will not be haggled with, in regards to Charles N’zogbia.
This is what the Wigan Athletic chairman had to say late last week:
We have to sell Charles N’zogbia because he’s on the last year of his contract,
We can’t keep him if a big club comes for him and he does deserve a big club because he’s that kind of quality player.
He’s such a great player and we are such a small club sometimes we don’t go together.
With Whelan seemingly resigned to the fact that N’Zogbia is heading for the exit, it appears as though Charles can begin to talk to other clubs. However, Newcastle and local rivals Sunderland are both unwilling to pay the £9m fee, making Aston Villa favourites to sign the French winger as they search for Ashley Young’s replacement.
Although, this is seen as a positive thing with some NUFC fans, who believe the temperamental midfielder could damage the dressing room vibe. Also, with newly signed winger Sylvain Marveaux, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben-Arfa, and Joey Barton (who can play wide), would Newcastle really need another winger?
Nobody doubts Charles N’Zogbia’s ability but at £9m are there better value players out there for Newcastle? Players such as Lewis Mcgugan and Keith Tracey, who have both been heavily linked with NUFC, seem more realistic targets, as they are ‘younger and cheaper’ which is what Mike Ashley prefers.
In my opinion, Newcastle United should be concentrating on bringing in at least one striker, coupled with a left back and a few young, exciting, British players. With Newcastle confident on bringing a minimum of one player in before the start of the pre-season tour of America, I wonder whether it will be left back Neil Taylor or even a fast striker, such as a Shane Long or Teteh Bangura. One thing is for certain, Newcastle are not finished in the transfer market yet.
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