After the sale of Stewart Downing and Ashley Young to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, it is clear that Aston Villa need to recruit wide players and attacking midfielders before the season starts and that is where Charles N’Zogbia could come in.
Alex McLeish was keen to sign the winger while manager of Birmingham City and has continued his pursuit of the player since replacing Gerard Houllier at Villa Park. The Midlands club’s initial £9 million offer has been rejected and the Wigan chairman Dave Whelan clearly wants more for a player he rates highly.
“[The team] have gone to Austria today but ‘Zoggy’ hasn’t gone,” Whelan said. “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.
“I have always said for £10m he is an absolute snip. If Stewart Downing can change hands for £20m, 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 £10m and hopefully we will get it and he will move on and be happy.”