Aston Villa Want Given And N’Zogbia Signed This Weekend

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.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Oh well. Good move for Given.

  • thegreatoba

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    We are in great shape in my opinions. I am so happy we are not spending stupid money like Liverpool and Sunderland. We do our business quiet and productively. Dont expect any wow signings, as I believe our current squad has so much skill and potential in it already. Maybe bring in a striker and some defensive backups. We are a lot better off than people think. Plus, if we hold onto Jose, Jonas, and Barton. Look out.

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone know for a FACT, that we have bid for Zog or is it just speculation or journo bulls**t?

  • thegreatoba

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Nobody knows anything for a fact when it comes to our club.

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #5


    Fair point lol


    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #6

    We wont be signing CN
    1) £9 mill transfer fee
    2) £65k per wk for 5 years = £16.85 mill
    3) £25.85 mill total cost (excluding agent and signing on fees)

    It aint gonna happen

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    It is a disgrace if ashley wont pay for this lad, dont want to start a pro v anti ashley argument, but 9mil is a decent price + he wont be free next summer if he goes to villa.

    Come on ashley, blow the cobwebs off your wallet and get him in !

  • Dannyo

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #8

    I have a feeling that our defensive backup will only come through the potential signing of Naylor.
    Otherwise i think Pardew feels Tavernier is good enough to be counted as backup and so is Ferguson and maybe even Remie Streete (which is said to have massive potential).
    Altho it may be a bit too soon for the latter to be rated that highly.
    I do wonder about what striker we’re looking at now, but i’m sure the papers will find alternatives soon enough.

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    have said before with young Fergie signing a new five year deal and Marveuax coming in, it was a stretch to expect us to pay 9mil for another left winger


    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    I feel the only signings we will make will be either frees or paid for by sales.Enrique £8 mill will pay for Taylor and a striker-business closed.

  • shear-class

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    I would like to see Nzogbia sign ,yes we have Marveuax but he is not proven in prem league i think 9mill is a bargain if you look at what price is being quoted for Downing i know who id rather have

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #12

    @thegreattoba Why are we in great shape?? We have gained two players, on frees, who are injury prone and replaced one midfielder? I’d say we are no better off, still a paper thin squad and no money spent.

    PLEASE don’t anyone say wages, FFS wages aren’t paid upfront!! You don’t give someone their five year salary in one go!!

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13


    agree mate, but would rather see 9mil spent on a right sided winger where we have little to now cover, Barton played well there last season but the doubt over whether he will be here next season means we desperately need to find some strength for that position.
    Would love to see Zog back though

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    Comment 13 was for no# 11

  • geoff777

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Not exactly the transfer window I was hoping for … so far.

    Where’s our new No9?

    Get some money spent.

    52,000 paying fans deserve to be watching a quality CF.


    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #16


    I know but this is what the wize men at the club will be doing

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Think we’ll see Tavener and Kadar step up witn Naylor coming in, if we can get Jose to sign his new deal we can concentrate on attacking players


    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #18

    We need 2 more quality strikers because some people on here are expecting DB and our midfield to score all the goals.
    Last year we had the joint worst scoring record away from home.We better get some firepower our else i fear the worst.

  • carrollsinger

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #19

    No body has made a bid for zog only enquired about him

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #20

    Seydou Dumbia of CSKA Moscow would be my choice, his record is one of the best in europe

  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #21

    Well, I see the light is slowly dawning on those who had their fantasy wish lists a few weeks ago, that the fat man will not spend the money required to be bring in the players you were all rabbiting about. When I told you back in April, that Pardew had been told he could spend no more than £15m in transfer FEES, I was vilified as usual, by those living on cloud cuckoo land. Well, carry on with your knitting, because you have no idea how your club is being run. No bid for N,Zogbia has even been contemplated. Think about it – is the fat man the type to sell a player, then buy him back for more money, and give him wages double what he was getting when first here? For God’s sake, start using some common sense, instead of believing the media crap, and the utterances of the pathetic gobshite Pardew.

  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    Hope we sign Doumbhia or Sturridge or both. Doumbhia is the perfect No 9 for us. Sturridge is more of a No.10 Stricker due to his vivacity & mobility as he can play anywhere in the attacking lineup. Let see whether Magician Carr pull another suprise from his hat.

  • MykToonFan

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    While I know we won’t move for them, El Arabi and Doumbia would also be the striking targets I’d be looking at.

    El Arabi can, of course, also play on the wing.

  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24

    The only problem with Dumbia is he would cost close to 20mil, so no chance of us getting him

  • geoff777

    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #25


    I think Gamiero and Erdinç were Carr’s top 2.

    He’ll be pulling hamsters out next.


    Jul 9, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #26

    i honestly dont believe we are intrested in nzogbia this is why.
    1. the player wants to sign for us.
    2. wigan are willing to sell the player for 9 mill.
    3. we have 35mill in the bank, (yeah yeah yeah i know)
    taking those three things into account if this was gona happen it already would have.

  • tomellifred360

    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    1. “Peace in our time.” What Chamberlain said after signing the Munich Agreement with Hitler in 1938.
    2. “I will bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.” President George W. Bush.
    3. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman!” President Bill Clinton.
    4. Wife. “Does my bum look big in this?” Husband. “No!”
    5. “The one thing I said to Mike yesterday was: ‘Look, if this boy (AC) is going to go, this money has to be reinvested in the team, all of it, and he has assured me of that. For the Newcastle fan, that is the most important message I can give today, that all that money will be used.'” Pardew

    What have these five points got in common?

  • ArtyH

    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #28

    I was initially pleased with the way we went about the new signings, maybe a bit apprehensive over the injury side of things as two of our previous signings were in the same position. However IMHO we are very close to becoming a top side if we can get a good No9 and a defender, alas I feel the spending is over now. Just got that gut feeling and the same lies or twisted truths that come out of the club make me cringe. We all know that A.P is just a mouth piece, its not his fault, thats what he gets paid for, M.A would not tolerate anything else or any other type of manager, he needs a shield to stand behind and pays for it.
    If we do not get a recognised C.F and a good defender this window will be a missed chance for top football at St James park. Its such a shame as a couple of good buys will be the difference between a reasonable side and a very good side. IMHO signing a recognised C.F is top priority which would more than likely restore a little faith in the management.

  • lol tomellifred360

  • ToonArmyThomas

    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Does anyone know the players we have been linked with? Just got off holidays 3 days ago and would like to know cheers!:)

  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #31

    I love how people assume we aren’t bidding because 9m is too much..

    Whose to say that we are even remotely interested? Pardew may not want the player.

    In that case, this – like the daily articles about Enrique – are pointless…

  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32

    We need fire power as we have lost both Nolan and Carroll and with Nolans goals of last season i reckon HBA will at least get the same amount but is Ba going to get 15-20 this season as AP expects??Hope so
    We will have skill in the team and goals but hope we have enough grit and bite that Barton and Nolan gave us

  • WelshToonArmy

    Jul 9, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Howay lads first post on here I just wanted to kick things off by stating that even though this article is about Aston Villa’s interest in Charles I just wanted to tell you guys what sky sports news have been saying:

    “Reports had also suggested that Defoe and N’Zogbia could be on their way to the Stadium of Light in the near future.”

    “However, Sunderland have now informed Sky Sports News that they have no plans to make a move for either player.”

    Now even though skybet suspended betting on charles to join the toon a while back they have made him 11/10 favourites to come back again


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