There has been news over the last two days, that Aston Villa are making a big move to sign Charles N’Zogbia this weekend.
Charles N’Zogbia – moving to Villa?
It seems that new manager Alex McLeish is ready to bring in the first two players of his reign at Aston Villa, and both are former Newcastle players in Shay Given and Charles N’Zogbia.
Moving to Villa will be a good move for 35 year-old Given, who again will get first team football, as he replaces the departed American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who moved to Tottenham as a free agent earlier this summer.
Given had a season on the bench last year, with England goalkeeper Joe Hart winning the number one jersey under Italian manager Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
The fee is estimated at £3,5M and Shay will be a good first signing for Aston Villa.
But it’s the news that Alex McLeish is also after Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia that could worry Newcastle fans,
The Frenchman is up for sale at £9M and both Newcastle and Sunderland have refused to go in for the player at that high price, for someone who will be available for nothing, as a free agent, next summer.
But if Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner gives McLeish the money – then Villa could tie up the talented winger this weekend, and another Newcastle target will be lost.
The news seems true that N’Zogbia wants a move back to St James’ Park, but if Newcastle will not pay the fee Wigan want, it will just not happen.
It will be disappointing to us if N’Zogbia does move to Villa, because although he was trouble in those last 18 months on Tyneside, there is ample evidence Charles has matured both as a person and as a player since then.
And there seems no doubt Charles would love to play for Newcastle again in front of those passionate Geordie fans.
With missing out on Erdinc yesterday, and now this potential news, Newcastle seem to be stalled in bringing in new players to Tyneside at the moment.
The American tour starts in just over a week, and Alan Pardew had hoped to bring in one new player before that time.
Of course last summer Alex McLeish agreed a fee with Wigan for N’Zogbia when he was managing Birmingham, but Charles pulled out of the deal at the last minute.
So it’s a similar deal, with the same manager and the same City, although a different and bigger club, but maybe Charles could again turn down the move.
We’ll have to wait and see, but the news is that Aston Villa want to tie up both deals, for Given and N’Zogbia, this weekend.