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Newcastle Could Be Offering Routledge As Bait For N’Zogbia

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.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • iTz.SpudZ

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    get him in for that price. i think he as improved…

  • Cardboy

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning all. Sounds like a plan to me. Has anyone told MA you can’t take your money with you. I now he is a business man fair play but you can’t expect to make a profit on everything surely.


    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    We are not even thinking of signing N’zogbia.

    MA will not pay his fee or wages.

  • banjax

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #4

    To everybody else it sounds a good deal, but I will take a lot of convincing that Mr Ashley thinks it is good business, and bring Zogs back to Toon. As always with Mr Ashley 2 +2 = 7, and I base it on the Ashley formula that free signings cost £7m each – how’s that for creative accounting. Yours sceptically.

  • Dannyo

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    I find these speculation highly unlikely. Wigan must be well aware the Wayne is a Championship player, and that they need to replace Zoggy with someone of similar caliber.

    But if they wanna buy the club into relegation, then hey, go for it.

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #6

    didnt Pardew rule out N’Zogbia a week or so a go .. highly doubt it happening

  • jimiley

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #7

    MA has no money left for all these big deals. We need to calm down and remember where MA has taken us. A mid table team with no debt and thats how Mike wants to keep things. No way is he going to invest any of the 200 million profit he made at Sports Direct in NUFC. He would need to spend 100 million to challenge the top 4 and why should he invest his money in NUFC. You spend fortunes on players and wages with no guarantee of success. All the transfer money on Carroll, Milner, Martins, Given etc etc, the gate money, the sponsorship money, the Sky money is being shrewdly invested in the infrastructure of the club to keep us solvent. Spending 25 million and 100K a week salaries on a player is the last thing on Mike’s mind. We will win nowt and play fairly boring stuff but Mike has secured my club’s future. I am grateful.

  • Charlietoon

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    We have someone they want, they want someone we have. Make it 5 million with Roughtledge and their choice of Shola, Smith or Perch.

  • geoff777

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #9

    “MA has no money left for all these big deals.”

    Talk about having your expectations managed.

    He’s spent peanuts.

    Get some money spent cheapskates.
    52,000 fans spend their hard-earned wages on their tickets.

    They deserve to get some quality players to watch.
    Great gambles on the crocks but now spend on two quality signings.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #10

    We might as well start to face the fact that MA doesn’t intend to spend any money this transfer window.

    I know I know, I have seen AP’s calculation where he accounts for 5 years of expenses in a account year. So I guess all of the players we signed including the ones that had their contract renewed are free so to speak for the next 4-5 years. We should have one hefty sum to spend over the next 4 years or so.

    Really, it’s a funny way to do math. Wonder what an accountant would say to it???

    I my opinion and I don’t think I am alone here, MA is playing a dangerous game here and there is only going to be one scape goat when shit hits the fan and that is AP.

    We are so short of quality that it’s laughable. The fact that we finished 12th last year has nothing to do with depth or quality it has to do with inform players such as Carroll and Nolan for the first part of the season. The rest is down to luck.

    So the way I see it we’re going to need a lot of luck this season and stay far away from injuries or we’re going to finish in the bottom five.

  • AndytheScientist

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    wait a sec jimiley

    Where do you get that we have no debt? We still have exactly the same debt we always had, only this time it;s to MA not to a bank.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    He’s a talent, but we don’t need another left sider!


    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    i will tell you why they are nt going in for him because that fat f**k has no intention of spending 1 cent of ac money not a fu**ing cent

  • blyth toon fan

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    he played rw for wigan on a number of occasions and played well

  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Jimiley @#7 like a lot of posters on here you mention the £200mil SD made in profit why is that?

    £95mil is already earmarked for SD staff bonuses leaving £105mil, and a large % of that will be turned back into the company as reinvestment, SD is a plc so there will be profit shares for stock holders.

    Mike will have his salary as chairman and whatever money comes from his share of the stocks he holds so get this Mike Ashley has not made £200mil personal profit from Sports Direct.

    NUFC was purchased out of his own pocket from his own personal wealth and the loans he made to NUFC came from the same pockets, we do not want money from SD as it would come with interest attached and that is not a good thing when we can get money direct from the owner interest free.

    Back on thread I think Zogs personal terms might be a little steep salary wise so it might not happen although it could be good if it did.

  • StuW

    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #16

    I think there will be anoter player through the door before September. Whelan has said there is not just Villa in for him, and another two clubs are ‘desperate’ to sign him. Until last week I would have said Liverpool were the only club in apart from Villa, but Liverpool have signed Downing. I think we are still in for him, but I think MA is trying to get him at a low a price as possible.

  • SirAlan

    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #17

    If You honestley think Ashley has any intention of even bidding for N’zogbia you are on some serious medication, when are you lot going to realise at most he will spend a few million at most of the Andy Carroll transfer fee !!!!!!!!


    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Nzogbia could play as a 2nd striker alongside DB or RW & LW and at £10 mill he is a steal but as you all know MA will not pay the fee or wages.The only money thats going to be spent will be from sales.Enrique,Routledge or whoever and not a penny more.


    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    The other 2 clubs are Everton & the mackems not us

  • cupiddstunt

    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Wait a sec AndytheScientist

    Because MA owns NUFC in its entirety then the loans made to NUFC are not a debt as such as you can’t really owe yourself money.

    When it comes time to sell the club then the loans will be seen as loans, but in the mean time we could well be seen as debt free as we owe no money to any outside party.

    Oh and by the way bb @# 13 the business model MA appears to be using by spending only what you have in money in hand and not projected future earnings is a very valid and sound business model. I think it is fairly safe to say that all the posters on here that go on about the spending at NUFC are employees not employers.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21

    @cupiddstunt, but we’re not really spending what we have in hand are we? MA is taking all the expenses we have in a period of five years and deducting them this year.

    That is not how you credit and debit your income and outcome. That’s not a valid and sound business model; it sounds more like creative accounting.

  • josh190889

    Jul 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Ashley’s Accounting

    0 (Ba) + 0 (Marveaux) + 0 (Abeid) + 4.3 (Cabaye) – 4.5 (Nolan) = £35… and you can mark the cards of the fans on that! Its just embarrassing maths.

    I just hope, and am slightly optimistic, that its all part of a plan to make the fans and other clubs thing we’re done in the market… then BOOM, a big big signing in August… fingers crossed!


    Jul 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #23

    there is absolutely no chance of the fat man paying 10 million(or 7.5 with routledge) and 60 grand a week wages for zog,n josh190998 a hope your reet but a highly doubt it

  • Hebburn Mag

    Jul 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Well from whats been said the £35 million was for transfer fees and players wages, all of the players that we signed werent really free because we hve to pay them wages and signing on fees all of which come out of the £35 million. Tiote signed a new deal and his wages will come out of the £35 million, any player who signs a new contract will have their wages took out of the £35 million…. Its a kinda con tbh because if you include the players wages your not really buying many players. I suppose with £35 million we could only really get 2 BIG signings considering that money would be for their wages.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 23, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #25

    So, Hebburn Mag – what do we do next year for players, wages and new pegs for the dressing rooms etc. when we don’t have £35mill to draw it from.
    Do we then start to go backwards as surely we won’t be in the market for ANY new recruitments – free or otherwise.
    As Geoff777 so sensiblyy puts it, “Talk about having your expectations managed”.

  • Hebburn Mag

    Jul 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Well maybe next season it will be the same if we sell any players then we will only spend that money and maybe the odd million should MA give us it. Tbh MA was never not going to give us anything tp spend, if we didnt have the £35 million he would have given us something to spend wheather it was £5 million or £20 million he was never gunna not give us anything. I think MA is doing the right thing, hes not giving us millions upon millions to blow on over priced players with rediculas wage demands, hes tring to get a few bargins and theres nothing wrong with that, it just shows that when you shop around you can get players that are fantastic for cheap just like Tiote, Ben Arfa without having to pay a fortune for them. But he may not come out a say exactly how much we have to spend each window but I bet if Pardew or Carr recommended a player that we buy MA would give us the money for them.


    Jul 23, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #27

    If Tiote,HBA,Cabaye,BA or whoever has a great season he will cash in also FC,SA & JB will definitely be gone.

  • wynsleap

    Jul 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #28

    HebburnMag – “I bet Pardew or Carr recommended a player that we buy MA would give us the money for them”
    Ah that’s nice – I’m sure he would.

  • stephen1971

    Jul 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    so many dam negative people on here, why do you bother supporting a football club if it gets you down so much, ffs i,d rather have ashley anyday than shepherd (who nearly done a leeds to us), if we won the leauge next year 1/2 you,s would still find something to whinge about , if you have passion for the club then be behind it

  • Hebburn Mag

    Jul 23, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Wynsleap – MA more than likley would hes not a toal knob like yous all make out, he just likes a bargin, but if the price was right and so was the player then I could see him giving us the money for them considering it wasnt something rediculas like £20 million.

  • NOVA2967

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #31

    4 million for Zogbia plus Routledge and then loan Zogs back to them for a year. We have Jonas and Marveaux on the left with fergy. Wigan would love to keep him. We get him on the cheap in a years time.

  • NOVA2967

    Jul 23, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Plus as it stand we not buying nayone but maybe a striker. Good business for the future


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