Premier League clubs offer lifeline to former Aston Villa winger - report
By Tom Blackburn
Premier League newcomers Burnley and Middlesbrough are targeting a move for Charles N’Zogbia, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the winger is set for a Premier League return with one of the newly promoted clubs, after he was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season.
The 30-year-old was released by Villa earlier in the summer and spent time training with Sunderland in order to boost his fitness.
The Shields Gazette reported in July that Sunderland boss David Moyes was weighing up his options for the midfielder as the North East club looked to improve their squad after Premier League survival last season.
He was offered the chance by former manager Sam Allardyce but was ultimately told he wouldn’t be offered a deal.
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N’Zogbia’s advisor Chris Nathaniel said in The Mirror: “Charles feels he did not have enough opportunities to show what he can do after a difficult time at Villa.
“But his Premier League experience with Newcastle and Villa could be invaluable to the right team. He has proved what he can do.”
The highly-criticised midfielder earned a reported £60,000-a-week at Villa, but only made two Premier League appearances last season as the club was relegated.
The 30-year-old was signed by the Midlands club in the summer of 2011 by then-manager Alex McLeish but left on bad terms after barely featuring for the club in the past two years.
As N’Zogbia is a free agent he would not have to complete a deal by the end of the transfer window.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, their £8million ace tops European clubs target list who are eyeing a loan deal.