N'Zog blows out Brum at the 11th hour
Published 23:05 27/08/10 By Alan Nixon
Charles N’Zogbia turned down a £9 million move from Wigan to Birmingham City - because he wanted a £50,000-a-week contract.
The France international said ‘non’ to the transfer after the clubs agreed to the fee and he stunned Blues boss Alex McLeish by turning down their offer which was only slightly lower than his demands.
The bizarre twist came after McLeish slapped in the third offer in a fortnight and his money men backed him by paying the cash that Wigan wanted.
And now Birmingham will pull out completely after learning of N’Zogbia’s decision and also finding out he had put an abusive message about the transfer on the internet.
McLeish wanted N’Zogbia signed up in time for a debut at Bolton tomorrow while Wigan ruled him out of today’s game at Tottenham. Now both outfits are fuming about his actions.
The money is due to give Martinez the chance to wheel and deal and the Latics boss planned land up to four new players by the end of the window.
Manchester United kid Tom Cleverley is still due to sign for Wigan on a season-long loan - after Martinez won the race for his signature.
The England under-21 midfielder has agreed terms with the Latics who will double his wages and give United a rental fee worth around £500,000.
Cleverley pleaded with boss Sir Alex Ferguson to be let out to play at Premier League level for this campaign after the United chief wanted to keep him back and play him in the odd match.
The young Red, who had a successful spell at Watford last season, also had the chance of going to Newcastle United and Bolton but opted for the best financial package at the DW Stadium.