Wigan Play Hardball Over Charles N’Zogbia’s Newcastle Return

Latics winger strongly linked with move back to St James’ Park.

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Dave Whelan and Wigan have rejected another Newcastle united bid this week for Charles N’Zogbia.
Newcastle had previously offered the Latics a bid of around £5m with the improved bid being closer to £6m.

It has been no secret that Newcastle and Alan Pardew had pin-pointed the ex-toon player as their number one target for the summer after being rebuffed in their late efforts to buy the winger in January.

However, their latest setback in reuniting the Frenchman with his first English club seems to be dead in the water with Wigan refusing to sell for any reasonable sum.

With the wanted Wigan man’s fee seemingly being pushed into a sum that the Newcastle board don’t see as value for money, it has become highly likely that the club are focusing their search elsewhere for a wide man.

Reports have suggested that young Blackburn man David Hoilett is keen to join Tyneside and Pardew keen to sign up the potential star, who only has one year left on his current deal at Ewood Park.

Holiett and N’Zogbia seem to be made an a similar mould and the Canadian has had a stand out season under Sam Allerdyce and Steve Kean, would be surely available for a more reasonable sum giving the length left on his current deal.

Although only into the summer will we find out whether Hoilett will fancy a change of scenery away from Blackburn after their scrappy relegation battling season last term.

Steve Kean has admitted tying up a new deal for Hoilett is his first priority for the summer window, so it would be up to a battle of wits between the ever-scrimping Mike Ashley and Blackburn’s overly ambitious Indian owners Venky’s.

Somehow, with the lack of essential sporting experience and much needed football knowledge (openly admitted by the poultry group) I feel Newcastle will have their man come August 13th and the beginning of the new season.

Albeit not their first choice target, but an exciting prospect nonetheless. Hoilett could be in a team that sounds as strong as it looks, with the likes of a fit again Ben Arfa, the ever present possibility – Gervinho and vital figures such as Barton, Tiote and Nolan in the Newcastle midfield.

Pardew could indeed build a side that would push forward rather than sideways in the league table. However, the idea of European football at St James’ Park is a thought that should be taken with a clutched straw as Pardew has a good few years before his boys in Black and White are competing with Spurs and the likes in fifth, sixth or seventh position.

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