Is Charles N’Zogbia A Newcastle Target This Summer?

There was more than one surprise at Newcastle on the very last day of the January transfer window.

Charles N’Zogbia – target for Newcastle?

The big news of course was that Newcastle sold their local talismanic striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool – something we thought would just never ever happen.

But then Newcastle tried to sign a number of players in the few hours remaining in the window, and obviously were quoted ridiculous prices for each of their targets –  and you wouldn’t have expected anything else.

Newcastle had got themselves into a pickle by selling Andy at the very last moment with no adequate replacement, and if another club was going to do the same daft thing as Newcastle, then they wanted more than ample compensation.

One of the players Newcastle went after was old boy Charles N’Zogbia, which could be a hint as to what Alan Pardew is thinking for the summer.

It’s obvious that with the poor form of Wayne Routledge, and the average form of Gutierrez, at least at the beginning of the season,  that he wants to bring in some good wingers this summer, but we wonder if Charles would be a good buy.

We were quite pleased when the club sold N’Zogbia to Wigan in January of 2009, after then manager Joe Kinnear seemed to lose sleep over the Frenchman – or was it that he just called him N’Somnia? 😀

Charles was a decent lad on Tyneside, but he was always his own biggest fan, and it may just be that he’s matured some, since he left Newcastle, and of course we’re all a little daft when we are young.

But we were a little surprised that he wanted to return to Newcastle, which was the news at the time, because when he left Tyneside he was criticized by a lot of the the fans, and by this web-site  too.

Charles is still just 24 years old, and after being at a small but good club like Wigan Athletic, he may have appreciated just how big the Newcastle club actually is, with the 52,000 gates at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle have also done so much better than expected this season, and Charles has looked very good at Wigan, and scored  two good goals against Newcastle at St. James’ Park, and has often looked Wigan’s best player.

Birmingham failed to get him in a £9M deal last summer and couldn’t reach personal terms, and that could be a problem for the new Newcastle too, and reports suggest that  Liverpool and Arsenal may also want to pursue the French International at the end of the season.

This is what Charles said today about Wigan:

“At the start Wigan was a springboard club for me,” “But I’ve been here two years and I want to do everything possible to keep the club in the Premier League.”

“I’ll finish this season and then look at my future.” “I have no regrets,” “I have my reasons for not going to Birmingham, who were the only club to have made an offer.”

We wonder if £9M (or more) would be a good investment in the player, or whether that money could be spent better elsewhere – but Charles is a proven PL class player, and we would be OK with it if he wanted to come back to Newcastle.

We think 23 year-old Max Gradel from Leeds United would be a better buy, but of course Max is not a proven PL class player – yet.   And we also expect Newcastle to try to bring in free agent Seb Larsson in the summer too.

But if Charles does arrive back on Tyneside, it’s because he wants to be back, and he’ll be given every chance by the fans to be great for the Magpies – that’s only fair.

For the record Charles played 157 times for Newcastle with 9 goals, and has appeared 79 times for Wigan with 13 goals –  he has one full cap for France so far.

What do you think about Charles possibly returning to Newcastle?

Comments welcome, but please respect the views of others.

There seems to be interest in this – so we’ll run a poll on our home page – please vote.

28 comments so far

  • youngtoonfan

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    i hope so! he’s fast and he can score

  • spanishtoon

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I simply cant see this happening, he’a clearly a bad egg and I don’t think toon fans have fully forgiven him for being such a brat

    All Credit to Pardew…interesting piece

  • toonturtle

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Great player with a bad attitude. Making his mouth go again, wanted out of Toon to join a big club. That didn’t happen, he’s trying his luck again.

  • Brutooon

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Forget what he done a the past, i would welcome him because

    1)can cross
    2)can dribble
    3)can score

    Arfa on the left and zoggy on the right, with jonas or ireland as backup

  • spanishtoon

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    I love love love this piece! my fave piece as a toon fan..

    think it should be in the paper!!

  • leedodd

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    We do not want this Clown Back He may be a Good Player But His Attitude Stinks !!!!!!!!!!! He Thinks More of His Bank Balance and Himself in the Mirror than The Club – We can get Better Than Him !!!

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    to discuss any winger before we have got a decent CF is simply stupid, let alone a £10m ex-player who thought wigan was better than NUFC!

  • Davies

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t want him. He’s a world class tw@.

    He behaved like an infant when there were rumours that spurs and Arsenal were after him.

    When we put so much stock in the spirit and togetherness of our dressing room, why would we want as disruptive, spoilt pecker with a big opinion of himself.

    Used Wigan as a springboard club?
    To get where exactly?
    The team he left before?

    Seriously, no thanks.

  • cyprus

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    No way. He wanted out of NUFC to join a big club (he said) and now that Wigan (the big club) are sinking he wants back. He’ll do the same for us again, has zero loyalty.

  • Stuart

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #10

    No thanks. The mans too far up his own arse. Would ruin the team spirit we have at the minute IMO.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    the team is shapeing up nicely and the key to developing it must be the strike force – when we have decided what their style, ability, strengths and weakness are then we can change our strong midfied to support them – this may or may not include a certain style of winger.
    Seems logical to me – but there again I havn’t seen much logic over the last 10 years.

  • lesh

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    He’ll only return if he wants to and his admission that he’s used Wigan as a ‘springboard club’ speaks volumes.

    He doubtless used us in the same way and will surely be eyeing clubs which’ll play in Europe.

  • NorseMag

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #13


    Am I the only one who get physically sick of the idea of these two in a NUFC shirt?

  • cartoonie

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #14

    The kid is a grade A plank, yeah he is a good player but he didnt even like newcastle when he was here! He left coz he didnt get the wages he was after, if Ashley isnt going to give Barton more than 50k per week and wasnt willing to give AC anything above that. I very much doubt fat mike is going to fork out the 60k this tool will want

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #15

    wigans best player.
    we sholdnt have let him go, if he was better behaved and not as tempermental i’d have him

  • kkma

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #16

    We can have many options if we are willing to pay 8-10m. Better use those money to renew contacts for our best players first like Joey and Jose.

  • widgetwarbler

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Supermac you are spot on, we need to sort out our style of attacking and then bring in a wide man to fit into that approach.
    Personally I wouldn’t touch N’zogbia with a barge pole he is far to immature and selfish, there are better players out there on frees and would give commitment to the club.

  • jackdnufc

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Hmm, a bit of a mixed bag with Charles. He is a class apart in the Wigan side and at 24 has time to improve even more so.

    He was certainly immature when he was at Newcastle last and I still sense that he has that at Wigan, perhaps not to the same extent. I would have serious doubts about his ability to fit back into the side if he returned but it will be up to the management to sort that out, if indeed he does return.

    Top player but overall I think we have moved on from Charles and we can find someone similar from elsewhere.

  • Bucks mag

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #19


  • ginkoh

    Feb 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    No question about his ability but his mentality, I don’t sure.

  • hodnufc

    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    If Zog is available for a reasonable fee there’ll be bigger teams than us interested in him for sure – he’ll want to move to a CL team to try and get into the France squad.

  • AndyE93

    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #22

    @21 i totally agree, 12 million for Zog is far too much imo. He is probably worth around 6-8 million. If Wigan do go down i’m sure he will be one of the first players for them to jump ship so may become available at a reasonable price. Wouldn’t mind Rodallega either.

  • nufc.romania

    Feb 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #23

    yeah AndyE93 …. zog and rodallega will be a great sing for us for around 15-17m … if wigan go to champioship..

  • veto

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #24

    id have him back straight away ! , lots of mounting circumstances that led to his exit and attitude , he’s matured alot since and is turning out tobe very consistent in his game , which on his day he’s unplayable

  • Rangerman

    Feb 24, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #25

    He’s a class act now and proving to be a much better player than Milner, the many improvement in him has been his consistency as he’s turning in quality performances most weeks as well as proving he can play on the right wing too.

    With him on the left and Ben Arfa off a front man we could transform the attacking threat of the team IMO.

  • chuck

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #26

    He may be a target,but dont hold your breath,
    he`s looking for a side with ambition who will pay him the dosh he considers he`s worth .
    And that aint us!

  • max

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #27

    please dont.

  • solano

    Feb 24, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #28

    The whole Insomnia debate is a complete red herring……there’s no way we are going to pay more for a player than what we sold him for…it was a deadline day ruse to make it look as though we were prepared to spend some of the AC money……Ashley & Co. knew fine well that Dave Whelan would do no business with his arch enemy.
    On a footballing sidenote…the lad has talent but due to his terrible attitude it will remain unfulfilled…….the highlight of his career will no doubt be his spell at Newcastle………..if he is even willing to consider playing for the Germ Carriers on Weeerside, then it should tell you all you need to know……


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