Wigan owner Dave Whelan has said that Charles N’Zogbia is available to the first club that comes up with the required £10M to buy him.
Charles N’Zogbia – other clubs interested
There was news late last week that Wigan were looking to bid £2.5M for Newcastle’s Wayne Routledge, and if that’s the case, it would take a little over £7M in cash plus Wayne to bring Chalies back to Tyneside.
And if we are to believe all the reports earlier this summer, the French International would love to return.
This is what Whelan said yesterday:
“Villa are not the sole bidders, there are another couple of clubs who are desperate to sign him.”
“It depends how much they can pay up front, because we have got to re-spend that £10million this season just to replace Charles.”
“I have always said for £10million he is an absolute snip, if Downing can change hands for £20million I don’t know what Charles is worth.”
“He is the fastest, most direct wide player in the Premier League and I have always asked for £10million and hopefully we will get it and he will move on and be happy.”
“He only has 12 months left on his contract. I would love to keep him, he is a great lad and a fantastic player, but everything being as it is we have to be sensible and if we get a decent offer.”
“And Charles wants to go, as usual I will honour what the player wants and let him go.” “The team have gone to Austria, but Zoggy hasn’t gone,”
“He is a great lad to have around the club. If we do lose him, and we may well do, because he has expressed a desire to move on, we will miss him enormously.”
“But he is a great asset for any football club who wants him.”
And Charles himself has entered the fray and said he is certianly not on strike:
“It has been two and a half years. I have given enough.” “If they want any more it is for the club to decide. It is not for me to demand a transfer.”
“Me, strike? Not at all. Come and see me at Wigan, you will see that I train every day.”
“There was an offer from Villa, which Wigan refused. I have not been offered a contract extension by the club.”
The other clubs said to be interested, in addition to Villa, include Sunderland, Everton and yes – Newcastle.
But there are reports coming out of the club, that the hierarchy (that’s Ashley and Llambias) have already told Alan Pardew the lad is too expensive.
So we’ll have to wait and see what materializes, but it would be heresy if he ended up at Sunderland.
And of cause Steve Bruce bought him from Newcastle in January of 2009, for £6M plus Ryan Taylor.
But the Sunday Sun today are reporting that he is indeed too expensive at £10M and Newcastle will not be going back in for him, even though he was a genuine target earlier this summer, before the £10m asking price.
Why is £10M too expensive?