Villans set to sign N'Zogbia

25 July 2011 08:45
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is reportedly set to sign Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia in a £9.5million deal at the third attempt.[LNB] McLeish looked to have landed the services of N'Zogbia 12 months ago when in charge at Birmingham only for the deal to collapse at the 11th hour over personal terms.[LNB]Then McLeish's bid to sign the former Newcastle player earlier this summer was halted when Wigan rejected a £9m bid from Villa.[LNB]But it is understood the fee for the player has now been agreed between the two clubs although there is no official confirmation of the deal.[LNB]N'Zogbia, who has a year left on his Wigan deal, is expected to hold talks over personal terms and undergo a medical in the next 24 hours once the deal has been agreed by the clubs.[LNB]If that goes to plan, he will pen a five-year deal.[LNB]McLeish has been keen to bring in a new wide player after the sale of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively for a combined fee of around £36million.[LNB]N'Zogbia fits the bill and his efforts during the tail end of last season played a major part in Wigan retaining their Barclays Premier League status, including a last-gasp winner against West Ham.[LNB]He will be reunited with his former Newcastle team-mate Shay Given, who last week became McLeish's first signing of the summer in a £3.5m move from Manchester City.[LNB]But the Frenchman is likely to have to wait to join up with Villa's first-team squad.[LNB]They are currently on a pre-season tour of Hong Hong and N'Zogbia does not have the required work visa.[LNB]He would instead train at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training complex if and when the deal is formally completed.[LNB]

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