Wantaway winger Charles N’Zogbia is set to be unveiled as an Aston Villa player, after the Midlands club agreed a fee of £9.5m with Wigan Athletic for the transfer of the 25-year-old Frenchman.
Villa boss Alex McLeish is set to snare N’Zogbia away from the Latics at the second attempt, having failed to take the player to Birmingham City last summer, when N’Zogbia failed to turn up at St. Andrews to discuss personal terms.
A Villa statement said: “The club are pleased to confirm we have agreed a fee with Wigan for French international winger Charles N’Zogbia.
“We will now discuss personal terms with the player and arrange a medical, with a view to completing the transfer later this week.”
N’Zogbia scored nine times in the Premier League last season for Roberto Martinez men, and McLeish is hoping that his arrival can go someway to replacing the now departed Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, who have moved to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. Whether his arrival will be enough to appease Villa supporters, dismayed by the clubs transfer dealings this summer, remains to be seen, the club having sold their two chief creators.
N’Zogbia would have been out of contract at the DW Stadium next summer, and owner Dave Whelan has decided that now is the right time to cash in on the club’s biggest asset, who is likely to pen a five-year-deal with Villa.