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Charles N'Zogbia close to 9.5m Villa move

25 Jul 2011 08:17:43

Charles N'Zogbia close to 9.5m Villa move

Aston Villa have resumed talks with Wigan over signing winger Charles N'Zogbia and are close to agreeing a fee. Wigan had rejected Villa's bid of ?9million for the former Newcastle player. But the two clubs held further discussions over the weekend and are believed to be not far from reaching a compromise figure of around ?9.5million. On the move: Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia is close to a move to Aston Villa New Villa boss Alex McLeish needs a new winger after the departures of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively this summer. He will take nothing for granted after failing to sign N'Zogbia when Birmingham boss last summer. But a deal would also suit Wigan as N'Zogbia could leave them for nothing next summer when his current contract runs out, although a transfer now will depend on club owner Dave Whelan giving his seal of approval. The departed: McLeish wants to sign  N'Zogbia after losing Stewart Downing and Ashley Young If an agreement is reached, N'Zogbia will hold talks over personal terms in the next 24 hours and undergo a medical before signing what is expected to be a five-year deal. He would be likely to have to wait to join up with Villa's first-team squad. McLeish's team are currently on a pre-season tour of Hong Kong and N'Zogbia does not have the required work visa.  All the latest Aston Villa news, features and opinionVilla to beat Everton to N'Zogbia signature after offering ?10m for Wigan wingerAston Villa striker Bent laments sale of Young and Downing Villa target N'Zogbia left out of Wigan's pre-season tour of Austria


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