News today that Everton are preparing a £9 million bid for Charles N’Zogbia, who is certain to leave Wigan this summer.
N’Zogbia receiving congratulations after scoring for France last night
But it seems – if reports are to be believed – that Wigan are quoting different clubs different prices for the player, and the news is that Newcastle were quoted a fee of £12M for Charles.
But we have to wonder if that is all paper talk because surely it cannot be legal?
N’Zogbia was a target for Newcastle in January, after Newcastle sold their star striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool, but the price quoted by Wigan was said to be ridiculously high.
We hope Newcastle will move quickly for the 25 year-old, because he could do a good job for Newcastle, and it seems he wants to come back to Newcastle, a city he has visited often since he joined Wigan 30 months ago.
Sources close to the player have also said he never wanted to leave Newcastle, and it was only an argument with former manager Joe Kinnear, who forgot his name during a press conference and said N’Somnia – that eventually had Charles leave Newcastle, especially when Wigan offered a high £6M plus Ryan Taylor for him.
However, N’Zogbia is also in the last year of his contract at Wigan, and £9M is a fairly high price to pay for a player who could be available for nothing next summer, and of course £12M is even worse from Newcastle’s point of view.
And Charles N’Zogbia played for France along with Yohan Cabaye last night, in their 1-0 win in Poland, and it was Charles’ second cap and he also scored the winning goal.
A source close to Charles said this today:
“Charles left Newcastle a boy and would return a man.” “He knows now better than ever just what a huge club Newcastle is. And he would love to be back.”
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has said that Newcastle should pay a higher transfer fee than a Champions League club (or even Everton?), because they are a rival side in the Premier League survival stakes.
Dave is a great guy, but that’s still about the biggest piece of nonsense I’ve heard for a long long time.
We hope Newcastle can still get the lad, and maybe Charles can help that by letting it be known he wants to return to Tyneside.