Date: 22nd June 2011 at 8:00pm
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Liverpool are reportedly keeping a close eye on Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia. The 25 year old French winger was meant to join Birmingham last summer for £9million but that deal fell through and it was thought that the reason the deal did not go through was because N’Zogbia ‘was a problem’ and refused to join Birmingham.

It is not the first time that a player has been dubbed ‘a problem’ be it because he wants a high earning contract or he demands too many signing on fees. We do not have to look to far away, just look at Sylvain Marveaux, he was very close to joining Liverpool but he opted to join Newcastle at the last minute for what ever reason, probably he was holding out for more money and Liverpool were not willing top offer him that.

Reports had suggested that N’Zogbia’s failed move to Birmingham tainted his reputation and thus some clubs may be reluctant to make a move for him this summer. But Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists that is not the case.

”Clubs are perhaps looking at him and thinking twice, thinking he’s difficult, but that wasn’t his fault at all,” he told the Wigan Evening Post. ”It was the agents who were to blame for what happened, not Charles.”

Whelan goes on to say that he thinks N’Zogbia will leave Wigan this summer but they will only let him go for the right price.

”I do think he will go this summer, but we want the right price before we allow that to happen,” said the Wigan chairman. ”We have a fee in mind that we want, and we are fighting to get that fee.

”There’s been an awful lot of interest in Charles. We’ve had three or four clubs biting, wanting to be kept in the know. There’s been no official bids yet, and I think it’ll be another week to 10 days before things get as serious as that.

”But he’s worth a hell of a lot more than the fee we’re asking. Whichever club gets Charles will be getting a great player for far less than what he is actually worth.”

Do you think N’zogbia would be a good signing for Liverpool?