Toffees eye N'Zogbia - Report

16 July 2011 10:35
Everton are attempting to beat Aston Villa to the signature of Wigan's France winger Charles N'Zogbia, according to Sky Sports sources.[LNB] Villa boss Alex McLeish is an admirer of N'Zogbia after trying to sign him when in charge of former club Birmingham.[LNB]But Everton, who have yet to sign a player this summer, are hoping to hijack the move and have expressed a significant interest in the 25-year-old.[LNB]Wigan have admitted that finances are dictating the need to sell star player N'Zogbia and chairman Dave Whelan is thought to want more than £10million.[LNB]Whether cash-strapped Everton can match this fee remains to be seen, but chief executive Robert Elstone insists the hunt for players is ongoing, despite limited money.[LNB]Elstone said on his blog on Everton's official website earlier on Friday: "The squeeze on money is harder than ever (this summer). [LNB]"Despite that, there isn't a day that goes by without the manager and chairman discussing players coming and, yes, players going."[LNB]He added: "Everybody is 'flat to the floor' looking for improvements, looking for money, looking for players."[LNB]North-East derby rivals Newcastle and Sunderland have also been linked with N'Zogbia this summer.

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