By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa will offload top earner Charles N’Zogbia when his contract expires at the end of the season, Football Insider sources understand.

The French winger has come to symbolise the huge waster at Villa, with his cost to the club in wages and transfer fee since 2011 standing at more than £25million.

N’Zogbia, 29, has not played for the first team since November and has been training with the Under-21s after refusing to agree to a loan deal in the January transfer window.

Villa have had to continue paying his £62,000-a-week even though manager Remi Garde has become the third manager in succession, after Paul Lambert and Tim Sherwood, to grow weary of N’Zogbia’s lax attitude to the game.

N’Zogbia, who started last season’s FA Cup final, featured in Garde’s first two matches in charge as a substitute but has not made a matchday squad since.

In other Aston Villa news, Sky Sports pundit Phil Thompson has branded the Premier League strugglers as “atrocious”.