Surprising news today that Wigan Athletic are considering a £2.5M bid for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge, if they lose Charles N’Zogbia.
Wayne Routledge – plus £7M could get N’Zogbia
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is trying to get the French winger for the second summer in a row.
And of course last summer a deal was arranged when Alex was the Birmingham City manager, but Charles changed his mind at the last moment.
Although Aston Villa are a bigger club than Birmingham, it’s still located in the second city, and maybe Charles just doesn’t fancy it there.
At £2.5M for Routledge, we would have hoped Newcastle would be in there doing a part exchange with money for Charles, but the Newcastle hierarchy have said N’Zogbia is just too expensive, even though Newcastle sold him to Wigan for £6M plus Ryan Taylor two years last January.
And Newcastle have spent no net money in the transfer market yet, and Charles looks an improved player since he left Newcastle, and would be worth it.
Apparently Wigan manager Roberto Martinez sees the 26-year-old Routledge as a good replacement for N’Zogbia, and Charles can leave Wigan when an offer that matches their valuation of £10M comes in for the Frenchman, who is out of contract at the DW Stadium next summer.
The news is that Aston Villa failed with a £9M bid recently, but the Midlands club are expected to return with an improved offer.
Then once the two clubs agree a fee, it would be up to Villa to agree terms with the player, which Birmingham failed to do last summer.
With Wigan interested in Routledge, maybe a £7M plus Routledge deal could get Charles N’Zogbia back on Tyneside, and why Newcastle are not doing that, we have no idea.
Wayne is in big demand, with both Swansea and Leicester also after the player, who made 36 appearances for Newcastle with three goals, and while at QPR on loan earlier this year Wayne scored 5 goals in just 19 appearances for his former club, who are no back in the Premier League.