Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: We Want to Keep Zog on the Tyne

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: We Want to Keep Zog on the Tyne

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Byline: ALAN OLIVER

NEWCASTLE United will pull out all the stops to keep Charles N'Zogbia at St James' Park, (writes ALAN OLIVER).

The departure of Kieron Dyer, the uncertainty over Nobby Solano's future and the long-term injuries to Joey Barton, Damien Duff and Emre have left United a bit down on numbers in midfield.

N'Zogbia, who has Fulham on his trail, will play at left-back against Aston Villa tomorrow, but once new boy Jose Enrique is match fit the 21-year-old Frenchman will be wanting to fight for a place in his favoured midfield.

And while his current deal has another three seasons to run there is talk of an improved contract.

This led Big Sam to tell me today: "If Charles is happy playing football then that's the first thing. And if a new contract is warranted then I would be the first to recommend it.

"But it's nice to see a young man of his capabilities coming in and playing a couple of positions for me - left-back and wide left.

"His adaptability is superb and I look forward to him progressing and getting better and better."

Meanwhile, Kieron Dyer finally joined West Ham exactly one month to the day that The Chronicle first revealed that the Hammers wanted him.

This leaves Solano to sort out his future in the next couple of weeks although Dyer's move to West Ham will mean that Nobby's desire to go to London will rule out a switch to Upton Park. …

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