Charles N’Zogbia, a target for Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland, will leave Wigan for no less than £10 million, according to chairman Dave Whelan.
“Aston Villa are still offering £9m and I want £10m. They offered nine, and I said 'no thanks, you will have to make it 10 and then you can talk to him,’” Whelan said.
“Other clubs are interested so there is no way I will be going down to nine million.
“We said £10m and I am not going to let him go for a penny less. They have got £20m for Downing and they would be stealing N’Zogbia for 10 million.
“He is the best wide player in the Premier League without question so I can’t understand what they are doing.
“Last year we accepted £9m from Birmingham when Alex McLeish was their manager very late on in the summer transfer window and he thinks he is going to do the same again this time around, but he isn’t.”
Villa are leading the race for N’Zogbia ahead for Newcastle and Everton, with the club still the sole formal bidders for the star. And Whelan insists that whoever purchases N’Zogbia, they will do so for not a penny less than £10 million.
Newcastle and Everton will no doubt be watching the situation carefully, with Pardew hoping to make a few extra purchases during the summer.
And should Villa refuse to go as high as £10 million for N’Zogbia, Newcastle and Everton would be well poised to make a bid, with