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Are Newcastle Back In For Charles N’Zogbia?

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?

Comments welcome.

59 comments so far

  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Reckon the main candidates are Obviously Villa, and i think Everton. Apparantly they are trying to offload Jack rodwell for a hefty 8 digit fee to raise funds for Zoggie.

  • SuperShearer

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Other media outputs claiming that we are definitely NOT in for Zogs.
    In other news have you guys seen that The Times (ie not a crappy tabloid) is reporting that Ferguson is thinking of bidding for Joey Barton!!! That would be a huge surprise. If he offers us cash + Anderson in for a years loan, or perhaps Marcheda that could be quite a good deal for us.


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    Use the AC money and Routledge part exchange 8mill and get him signed up stick him on the RW jobs a good un

    Stupid if we don’t go for him imo


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Why would Ferguson want Barton?

  • Why does this Article make me think of cows?

  • geoff777

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6


    Because on his day he’s a top drawer midfielder. With guts & drive.

  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    i watched th game last nite n a think sum people are whining over nothing
    1st,, we had 5 starters not playing
    2nd, we had a left back hu cudnt b bothered,,, imo we need to get rid of enrique coz he was p*$$ poor all night
    3rd,, the refereing team gave us nothing,, we shud of had a pen n a goal
    4th,, we played a team hu were used to those conditions hu were fully fit and were treating the game az a cup final
    stop bein babies ffs it was a friendly game for fitness,,


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    So Man Utds want list was Modric, Sneijder, Ganso and Barton…..

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #9

    What a load of boring tosh!

  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #10


    Some people Just wont Get it. We lost to Orlando with a Mainly B team squad and therefore it justifies the end of the World.

    I remember getting whipped by a certain Leighton Orient, Season didnt turn out bad afterwards.

  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Barton for one of the Fullback Twins? I Can dream!.

  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    n ed ffs 10mil is 2 expensive for a player with little international experience and in the final yer of a 60g a week contract FFS duz no1 else think were doing the rite thing here whelan is trying to rob us blind,, fair enuf zoggy is good but so is benny hu is a better player hu cost half as much bloody hell man

  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    Interesting news on Erdinç. Club bypassing his agent, it seems. He’d told them they’d need to pay 10m… Now they’ve agreed 6.5m fee #NUFC

    Lols. Someones Agent wont be happy.

  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    chiek mate its bloody anoyin,, bunch of pussys our fans at times like onest to god


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Mr.T HBA will spend a big chunk of this season on the injured list where as Zog won’t

    International experience means f all to me. And 10 mill is cheap even with it being the last year of his contract. We want 10 mill for Jose do we not?

    We aren’t doing the right thing imo we should of got him as soon as the window opened before villa got money and everton drew up plans

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Wwjbd dont forget nasri

    mrT zog plays for most of the season and how much do we want for jose on his last year?

  • liddz

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Still optimistic they will spend the 35 million they promised….

  • geordie1976

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #18

    Errr, No!!!


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Oh aye forgot Nasri haha so yeah obviously Man Utd want Barton

  • ~Cheik Mate~

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #20


    It wouldnt be that big of a problem if all this Doom Mongering nonsense was every once in awhile. But on pretty much every article by multiple people, reciting the same old lines over and over again. It takes its toll on the other readers and does nothing but Aggrevate them. I honestly wish these Doom Mongers would stop writing long winded Sob stories proclaiming the End of the world, and just be straight to the point, and more importantly stop repeating exactly what the previous Doom Monger said.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    Wwjbd if manure spend the way they have so far we could get 12m for barton lol

  • indianmagpie

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    @ cheik- the best thing is to ignore them and not to get into conversations. They just want to take out their frustrations somewhere. They cant take it out on their lass. So,let them do that, and best is is to ignore them and maybe he’ll find another doom mongor and they’ll have a convo..win-win..:-)


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Haha I think Fergy might be a bit brighter than ‘King Kenny’ haha maybe 8 mill haha

  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #24

    ok so i ask this,, we all wanna see fergie n sameobi get game time right,,, we already have marvaux, barton, gutti, benny, gosling, vukic, raylor n even ba hu can play on the wing,, im all for gettn in another winger but we all know how stingey ashley is n ad much rather see us get more value

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #25

    MrT i cant see us signing another winger tbh i would like us to get some defenders in i think we have enough in midfield erding and a couple of defenders and jose’s replacement before we sell him i think everyone should be happy with that but the doom and gloom boys will still kick off


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Fergy and Vuckic are made of glass.

    Marv is just coming back from a long injury and will probably join HBA on the injued list often.

    Gosling is CM and Raylor is a squad player. Sammy isn’t ready yet and shouldn’t be rushed imo

    Ba is a striker with a dodgy knee haha and Barton isn’t anywhere near a winger

    So MA should be buying a RW like we were promised and Zog would fit that down to a tee. Sorry like you are winning me round on this one lad 🙂

  • DembaBaMyLord

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    I think you lot are forgetting that Nzogbia is versatile he can play in the centre on the right and at left back just the player that we need!!!

  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28

    thing is tho wwjbd barton aint gunna take cabayes or tiotes place so only other place is rw, gosling can more than capably play right wing as shown last nite,, why pay 10mil for a player hus on 60g a week wen we cud get sum1 just as good for better value,, n ba was good on the wing for west ham in a 433

  • Chaz

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #29

    I suspect there is still a fair bit of ins and outs to come before the window slams firmly shut!

    Sounding like the Erdinc saga is drawing to a positive close now that the agent has been sidelined.

    Jose situation still unresolved…
    IF he goes then we need a replacement quickly!

    Routledge could well be one of the bargaining tools to unlock the N’Zogbia situation. As it is we are due a ‘kickback’ from Wigan for him when he moves on anyway that will reduce the money they can keep from the deal and they’re looking for a replacement. I think the stumbling bloack will be agreeing personal terms with Zog’s agent – one Kenny Shepherd son of Freddy!

    Then there are the loan outs for some of our young lads. All need league experience in Championship or League 1. Youngest lads could go lower down than this…

    Then the ones I’d like to see the back of:-
    Xisco – back to Spain somewhere
    Perch – may need to loan him but suspect we’re stuck with him for another season
    Smith – loan out to Brum? Forest? Leicester? Leeds? Or are we stuck with him to the bitter end?

    And the ‘spare’ goalkeeper situation?

    Pardew, Carr, Charnley, Lambias and Ashley had better have clear diary space over the next few weeks!


    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Barton should be taking Cabayes place when its hard tackling opposition imo and Gosling will take Tiotes place when he is having his suspension time

    Ba played on the wing because Hammers had a decent number of strikers and were desperate for wins.

    But thing is who is better value? Zog is proven/experienced in the PL young, hungry and versatile….who can we get that is less than 10mill and 60k a week that offers that?

  • AndytheScientist

    Jul 24, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #31

    No we’re not, anyone who thinks we’ll pay 10M for anyone is totally deluded, let alone someone who is soon to be out of contract.

  • jamesnufc86

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Zog really looks like Titus Bramble in that picture !!

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    trust me we will sign him!!!!

    next year if hes free.haha

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Haha belfast he will still cost 10m then

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    Would love zog but i just cant see it happening

  • mr.T...iote

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #36

    matt jarvis
    jefren, no prem experience but very good and hungry
    chung yong lee
    vladamier weiss
    all 10mil or less

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #37

    no chance of it happening.
    10 million is peanuts,compared to downing & henderson.


    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #38

    Jarvis was being touted at 10mill as well mate so rules him out haha
    Jeffern would be good yeah but very unproven as you say
    Weiss is a city player so would be wanting big wages to drop to us I’d bet and a decent price tag
    Lee I can’t place in my head tbh haha Bolton player maybe? Or am I wrong?

    Either way I still think Zog is better than all of them…Zog can be damn near unplayable is matches

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #39

    i would rather have used the marveaux money,wages agent fees etc.to sign nzogbia.

    no offence to marveaux like. 🙂

  • NathanH NUFC

    Jul 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    Well its simple, isn’t it? Offer Wigan Wayne Routledge + 7.5M for N’Zogbia, since we didn’t like the sound of 9M before, maybe 7.5 is a little better? and we can offload a crap player! 🙂

    Then N’Zog could fill in for Ben Arfa maybe in the middle of the park while he’s out, but if Ashley isn’t willing to pay 7.5M for a player like N’Zogbia, something’s up!


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