Wigan midfielder Charles N’Zogbia looks close to completing his £9.5 million move to Aston Villa after the Frenchman arrived at Villa Park to discuss personal terms.
N’Zogbia was integral to Wigan’s Premier League survival last season, and now the 25-year-old’s excellent form looks to have been rewarded, with the deal set to be finalised by the end of the week after the two teams agreed a fee.
New Villa boss Alex McLeish was in the market for a creative force after losing Stewart Downing and Ashley Young to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively, and although the Scot had a bid turned down for the former Newcastle player earlier this summer, while a proposed move last year to McLeish’s then club Birmingham fell through after the player failed to turn up to discuss personal terms.
McLeish identified N’Zogbia, who is out of contract next summer, as a replacement on either wing for Downing and Young, and was confident that the deal was close to being done.
“I believe everything else is just about there,” he said. “I think it’s a great addition to the squad. He’s an explosive player and he gives us a little bit of quality to replace one or two of the guys that have left the club.
“We try to do as much homework as possible to ensure we can get it done. You can never say it’s a 100 % done deal, that’s why I remain cautious, but I’m pretty confident.
“You saw his exploits last season, especially towards the end of the campaign when he scored five or six goals which were extremely important for Wigan to stay in the league.” He added.
N’Zogbia made his debut for France last year and has since gone on to win three caps, and is said to be hopeful that a move to Villa will increase his chances of playing for his country.