We’d love for Charles N’Zogbia to return to Newcastle.
Charles N’Zogbia – £9M fee is the problem for Newcastle
Since Charles left, under difficult circumstances two years last January, he has not only appeared to mature as a person, but he also seems to have added more goals to his game.
In 90 appearances for Wigan he has scored 18 goals, and looked Wigan’s best player last seaosn, as he was a major player that had Wigan end up avoiding relegation on the final day of last season.
Newcastle got £6M plus Ryan Taylor for Charles – so that is around £7M, so we are a bit surprised to hear that Newcastle are balking at the £9M being asked by Wigan owner Dave Whelan.
It seems it’s the fee Wigan want, and not the wages Charles is asking for – that is holding up the deal, as that source who is close to Charles N’Zogbia (Charles himself?) told the local Newcastle press the following today:
“He is keen to come back to Newcastle.” “The issue is very much that Wigan will not back down on the £9M asking price, and no club so far have been prepared to match that.”
N’Zogbia’s contract runs out at the end of next season, and Newcastle may feel that £9M is just too much to pay for a player that can leave for nothing next summer.
Presumably if Charles doesn’t move , and sees out his contract at Wigan, then Newcastle could still sign him next summer, and we think they will.
But Wigan must also know if they are too greedy this summer, they could lose the twice capped French International for nothing next summer, so perhaps Newcastle feel waiting some weeks this summer for Charles – to let Wigan come to their senses – is a good enough strategy.
Of course that risks Charles being sold to some other club this summer, if they are willing to pay the asking price of £9M, but no club has come in for him yet.
As we said, we’d love for Charles to return to Newcastle, because with the skilled players we now have, he would fit in very well indeed, both on and off the pitch.