Villa skipper hopes club can complete ‘amazing signing’

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Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov is full of hope that Charles N’Zogbia will at last settle for a move to Villa Park, after the club agreed a deal with his current club Wigan Athletic.

Alex McLeish has been after the speedster for some time after Wigan boss Roberto Martinez rejected countless offers for the Frenchman, but a deal was finally agreed over the weekend, with only a medical and personal terms to now be completed.

Petrov, who has come up against N’Zogbia’s surging runs on a number of occasions, admitted the player is a tough one to face, and that he would be a “great addition” to the Aston Villa squad.

The 32-year-old said: "He would be an amazing signing for us. He's a player who has improved so much in the last couple of seasons and we would be glad to have him in our team. He brings something special. He's an explosive player.

"He likes to take people on and when you have a player like that it takes a lot of pressure off the team. We hope the deal goes through."

The Bulgarian international, who has now made over 150 appearances for Aston Villa after moving from Celtic, added: "Every time he's faced us he's torn us apart. We've been finding him very dangerous to play against and I think every player who has played against him would find him the same way.


"He would be an exciting signing for us. I think he's a man that a lot of big clubs have been chasing.

"I hope we'll be able to land him. I would be very happy with the signing."

Aston Villa have lost midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker and winger Stewart Downing already this summer, and Petrov added that N’Zogbia would provide a much needed boost to the club after a difficult opening to the summer.

"I think he'd be a great addition to the squad. He's an explosive player and he would give us that quality to replace two of the guys who have left the club,” he continued.

"At the tail end [of last season] he scored five or six goals in the last few games, which was extremely important for Wigan to stay in the Barclays Premier League. And there's also his assists - he's an explosive type of player who can play in all positions across the front and we needed someone to replace Stewart with similar quality.

"He's broken into the French national team and I think he scored in their tour in the summer, which is why he's having an extended break this week. I believe we would be getting a player who can become even better. You can never say it's 100 per cent a done deal so that's why I remain cautious but I'm confident."

N'Zogbia is expected to complete his move to Villa Park before the end of the week, and Alex McLeish expects the Frenchman's arrival to be the last of the summer.

"You can never say never but at the moment if we get N'Zogbia, which is looking good, then it's unlikely we will do anything unless there's more trading with the players we already have in the squad," McLeish said after Villa's 1-0 win over Blackburn at the Barclays Asia Trophy earlier today.

"At the moment we don't plan to do any more business, I believe we've got some great young players and we've got one or two sleepers in there that could emerge.

"I know Ashley Young's boots are big ones to fill but there are one or two players that could emerge as a result of Ashley leaving the club."

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