Liverpool target £7m French winger as back-up - reports

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Liverpool are being linked with a £7 million move for Wigan Athletic winger Charles N'Zogbia.

Setanta Sports claims Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has highlighted the French international as a potential summer addition, should the club fail to land Stewart Downing from Aston Villa.

Both he and Ashley Young are thought to be on the Anfield radar, although Gerard Houllier is understandably keen to keep the pair at Villa Park for as long as possible.

N'Zogbia is reported to be the back-up option for Liverpool, although the former Newcastle man has been linked with a host of clubs across Europe amidst speculation that his Latics career is coming to an end.

Spurs, Juventus, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Newcastle are all thought to be in the running for the 24-year-old, who made his international debut for Les Bleus against Norway last year.

It's thought that the Liverpool target would be available for as little as £7 million in the summer should Roberto Martinez's side go down on Sunday, leading to a potential transfer scrap between the chasing pack.


Liverpool are known to have money at their disposal, with owners Fenway Sports Group vowing to back the manager in the summer window after he signed a three-year contract at Anfield.

Dalglish has vowed to chase down 'high calibre' additions, and with a defender and striker also thought to be on the agenda, the Liverpool boss could be set for a busy summer.

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