There is a good report in the local Newcastle Journal this morning on Newcastle’s efforts to sign former winger Charles N’Zogbia.
N’Zogbia – greed and attitude turning off Pardew
And the news doesn’t seem good for those Newcastle fans who want to see Charles back on Tyneside.
It seems it’s becoming very hard to read exactly what the intentions of the French International are, and Newcastle think the player will take the highest wage offer made to him, whichever club that comes from.
Manager Alan Pardew has growing reservations about the player’s attitude, and no doubt will have heard how he acted when at Newcastle, from the summer of 2004 though January of 2009.
The Journal is reporting the player has made it known he is willing to see out the one year left on his contract at Wigan, if he cannot get £60K/week from a club this summer, which is his minimum wage demands apparently.
His advisers are also acting like they want to start a bidding war for their client, and the fact that he can also be a complex character, seems to be starting to put the Magpies off.
A senior Newcastle source said today:
“The N’Zogbia situation is turning into a bun fight, there are a lot of clubs in for him and there is a lot of confusion about what his intentions are.”
“It seems he is waiting to see who offers him the most money, that is his priority and is that the sort of person we want to play for Newcastle United?”
“He is a very talented boy, but is he just a mercenary? We are considering all of these things. We need to have a long hard think about it because it is a lot of money to spend on one player who left under a cloud.”
We’ve found out it’s important that players come to Newcastle for other reasons than just a big wage.
And since Kevin Nolan has departed, we are now concerned about the team spirit at Newcastle, and therefore it’s more important than ever to sign players who will wear the Newcastle shirt with great pride.
If Charles is acting this way, then it’s probably best that Newcastle don’t bring him back, even though in our recent poll, a full 51% thought that at £12M, Charles would still be a good buy for Newcastle.
What do you think?