Wigan Athletic midfielder Charles N'Zogbia will snub a summer move to Liverpool in favour of a return to old club Newcastle United according to the Daily Star.
The 25-year-old winger recently expressed his desire to leave the Latics in search of a bigger club that can match his growing ambition.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been heavily linked with a move for the highly rated French international, as the Reds look to bolster their attacking options on both flanks.
With a £12million fee being mooted as the figure needed to bring N'Zogbia to Anfield, Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group were ready to back Dalglish in the transfer market in an attempt to build a squad capable of challenging for the Barclays Premier League title next campaign.
However, a source close to N'Zogbia has suggested that his heart is set on a return to St James' Park - which could pave the way for manager Alan Pardew to pounce.
"Charles never really wanted to leave," claimed the source. "It was [Joe] Kinnear he fell out with, not Newcastle.
"He has kept in touch with several of his former team-mates and told them he would love to go back.
"And while he has never worked for Alan Pardew, he knows his No.2 John Carver very well.
"In fact, it was John who gave him his Premier League debut when he was caretaker-manager."
Whilst Newcastle are unwilling to match the valuation placed on N'Zogbia's head by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, they remain optimistic of thrashing out a deal and are prepared to make a 'double-your-money' offer with wages of £55,000 per week.
The Magpies are well placed in the transfer market following the January transfer of former striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool for a record-breaking £35million, and so have the necessary funds for N'Zogbia should they be required.
"He thoroughly enjoyed his time there," the source continued. "He loves the city and would jump at the chance of pulling on the Newcastle shirt again."
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