Anfield boss lining up move for player who is simply not good enough?
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Liverpool are considering hijacking Charles N’Zogbia’s proposed January transfer to Birmingham by improving on the Wigan winger’s £9million price-tag from the summer.
Reds manager Roy Hodgson is set to be handed a ‘significant’ transfer kitty to improve on his squad after Christmas.
And although Birmingham are being tipped to rekindle their interest in N’Zogbia, the Frenchman’s form so far this season is said to have alerted the Anfield scouts.
N’Zogbia almost completed a £9m move to St Andrews before the transfer window closed at the end of August, but the deal collapsed at the last minute.
And Latics boss Roberto Martinez claims his value has increased off the back of the 24-year-old’s string of remarkable performances – which included a brace of goals against old club Newcastle United at the weekend.
‘Charles’ value will go up because he is only 24 and playing for the national team,’ said the Spaniard.
‘But he’s someone we don’t want to lose.
‘Last season Charles took his ability to another level, and this season he has carried on. He’s improved a lot.’
N’Zogbia made his France debut in a friendly against Norway in August. (Metro)
Charles N’Zogbia is a player that some will tell you has a great deal of potential and is too good for Wigan, something the Frenchman has made all too clear with his own excessive demands that priced him out of a move to Birmingham. If Roy Hodgson does look to sign the former Newcastle United man it will be a colossal mistake in my opinion.
Far too often the 24 year old is left leaving supporters frustrated and whilst he may have improved he is by no means any better than a certain Ryan Babel whom Roy Hodgson repeatedly stated would be given a chance to prove himself during his Anfield tenure, only to see the Liverpool boss give the Dutchman a total of 24 minutes Premier League playing time thus far this season.
Charles N’Zogbia far too often overcooks it and has a habit of going for glory when team-mates stand waving their hands in the air wondering why he didn’t play them in. During his time at St James’ Park he became a player who continually flattered to deceive and would fall in and out of games. He is doing a pretty good job at the DW Stadium as a supposed ‘big fish’ in a small pond.
Anyone who points out he is a capped French international would do well to realise this was simply because the French Football Federation had banned everyone from the ill fated World Cup Finals squad, do not expect a second cap any time soon.