The Daily Mirror is reporting that Charles N’Zogbia is not moving to Everton after all, with the Toffies looking unlikely to put together the £9 million required to secure the star’s signature.
N’Zogbia, who has been linked on occasion this season with Liverpool, has also been connected with a move to Newcastle, where Alan Pardew would certainly be able to afford his fee after the £35 million sale of Andy Carroll in January.
While Everton reportedly agreed with the fee for the sale of N’Zogbia, they can’t get even the money together for a down payment, with Wigan insisting the payment is made upfront for the former Newcastle man.
As Everton look to find money to cover the sale, Newcastle will look to move in. And while Wigan reportedly wanted N’Zogbia to move to Everton, where he will pose less threat to the side should they fall into relegation trouble next season, with Newcastle able to easily afford the £9 million sum, N’Zogbia could move back to his old club.
When asked recently on Twitter what he thought of Newcastle, N’Zogbia gave a telling response, saying to fans: “Newcastle is a big club, and a gre[a]t atmosphere to play at St James's Park! I enjoyed the time I had playing for NUFC.”
But Everton are not completely out of the game yet, with David Moyes reportedly putting the purchase of N’Zogbia at the top of his transfer wish list.