N’Zogbia could add much needed width to Birmingham City.
Birmingham are set to make an improved £9m offer for Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia.
Wigan rejected Birmingham’s last offer of £8.2m, saying they wanted closer to £10m plus an unnamed player. Now Alex McLeish is primed to return – pipping Sunderland and Marseille. (Daily Mail)
Charles N’Zogbia has been linked with Birmingham practically all summer, and judging by the way Wigan are playing at the moment, it is certainly affecting the Latics squad.
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has been looking for a player able to play on the left side of midfield, with his team decidedly narrow last season particularly when James McFadden was selected.
N’Zogbia improved substantially at Wigan, and last season scored a respectable seven goals in 39 appearances. He would offer flair and creativity to Birmingham’s sometimes static attack, for while the Blues’ defence is imperious, they do not score a lot of goals. 38 goals in the same number of games really emphasises just how good Birmingham’s back line was last season, and Alex McLeish seems determined to push on from last season’s encouraging ninth place finish.
N’Zogbia’s crossing ability could prove invaluable for 6’8″ new signing Nikola Zigic, and with the side in encouraging form already in the new campaign the newly capped Frenchman could be the final piece of the puzzle for Birmingham City.
However, Sunderland are expected to make a similar offer – and after signing Titus Bramble they clearly have no objection to ex-Newcastle United players.