Liverpool Not Silly Enough to Fork Out £15m for Overrated Wide Man

Anfield told to bid big for average winger.

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LIVERPOOL are trying to persuade Wigan to part with Charles N’Zogbia – as the influence of agent Paul Stretford grows at Anfield.

Wigan have slapped a £15million price tag on the French winger, with Liverpool only willing to pay half that figure but still hopeful of finding a compromise.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish made a personal check on N’Zogbia during Wigan’s draw with Fulham last weekend.

The Anfield club’s move for the Wigan star has been driven by Stretford and his business partner, former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd.

Stretford is a close friend and former business associate of Dalglish.

SOURCE: The People

This is interesting. Now if Wigan truly think they can get £15m for Charles N’Zogbia then they may appear a little deluded to any party who is chasing the 24 year old French winger who is at best average and at worst inconsistent and greedy wide man who rarely delivers.

The former Newcastle United man has often been linked with a ‘big move’ and though a number of clubs have reportedly been interesting in signing the speedy attacker perhaps it says something that he effectively took a step down from St James’ Park when he signed for the Latics.

It seems highly unlikely that Liverpool would be silly enough to pay anything like the amount quoted for a player who some will mistakenly point out, was good enough to be capped at senior level for France without qualifying the statement by pointing out that he only got a call up because the entire World Cup squad was barred from selection, incidentally he has not been called up since.

There will be the odd occasion you will see N’Zogbia do something pleasing during a game, perhaps even pass to a team-mate? However much like it is possible to make an awful movie look good with a short trailer it is also possible to read too much into the odd trick or clever turn.

Birmingham City were close to signing N’Zogbia in May for a fee of around £9m, but the deal fell through because of the player’s wage demands so quite why his valuation will have increased so dramatically is beyond me.

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