Newcastle are already in negotiations with Wigan, to get former winger Charles N’Zogbia back to Newcastle.
Charles N’Zogbia – likely to return to Tyneside
N’Zogbia left Newcastle in January of 2009, after he had an argument with then manager Joe Kinnear, and the news is that Newcatsle are about to offer the French International a bumper contract to return on Tyneside – said to be as much as £60K/week, and probably a 5 year deal.
And it could be that the news on Newcastle, that they don’t offer decent wages these days, may go up in flames soon, since it looks like Liverpool are not willing to offer Jose Enrique what he’s currently getting on Tyneside.
Jose’s wages are said to be around £45K/week, which he’s been receiving for four years at Newcastle, and that would make him one of the best paid left-backs in the Premier League, and Newcastle paid him those wages last season in the Championship too.
But news today that Liverpool are balking on paying those wages to Jose, so that’s an eye opener if it’s true – that news is being reported in today’s Sunday Sun.
Sunderland and Liverpool are also keen on the 24 year-old 5’7″ tall French winger, but we think Newcastle will sign the lad in a couple of weeks.
That will be after Newcastle sign a top International central midfielder this coming week – also according to the local Sunday Sun.
If Newcatsle can get two good players through the door in the first two weeks of the transfer window, that will certainly help to keep Jose Enrique and Joey Barton at the club.
If this news is is all true, then Newcastle look to be determined to improve the squad this summer, and will get off to a terrific start.
Don’t forget most transferred players don’t usually arrive until August.
The transfer fee for Charles will depend on how Wigan fair today at Stoke and whether they take the drop.
If Wigan stay up then they will want £10M, but if they are relegated, the People is reporting the fee will drop to £6M, but that’s hard to believe because Newcastle got £6M in cash plus Ryan Taylor for the Frenchman 30 months ago.
That would mean Newcastle get him back for less money than they sold him for, but there again Ashley seems so good at making good deals for players.
The doubts we had about Charles have been largely eliminated because he is said to be so keen to return to the Tyneside club.
That says something about the draw of Newcastle United.
Charles has 158 appearances for Newcastle with 8 goals – so far.