Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

ZOG BACK ON TOON RADAR; Zog Back on Radar

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

ZOG BACK ON TOON RADAR; Zog Back on Radar

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Byline: LEE RYDER

CHARLES N'ZOGBIA is understood to be keen on making a return to Newcastle United this summer.

And Magpies boss Alan Pardew is believed to be eager to make his second coming a reality.

United - who have been continually linked with the winger for over six months - twice bid for N'Zogbia on January 31 in an attempt to beat the clock after Andy Carroll's pounds 35m sale to Liverpool, but Wigan chairman Dave Whelan turned down both offers.

And it has also emerged today that United have cooled their interest in Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd - available on a free from the play-off flops - while West Ham and England striker Carlton Cole is no longer on Pardew's radar.

Pardew has remained tightlipped on his targets, but did say today: "For us next year the most important thing is to improve.

"I'd like to add the offensive players we need at this level - the kind of players who can get bums off seats.

"We're competing with Champions League clubs to get them, but hopefully we'll get one or two in, and keep the basis of the squad we've got here.

"The players have been absolutely fantastic.

"We've got good players here, and we're trying to secure them."

N'Zogbia has been in blistering form for relegation-haunted Wigan in the last few weeks and, even if the Latics stay up, the 24-year-old is ready for pastures new.

Wigan face Stoke on Survival Sunday at the Britannia Stadium in what is almost certain to be N'Zogbia's last game for Roberto Martinez's men.

However, United would face competition for his signature from Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Fulham and Sunderland.

N'Zogbia left Tyneside under a cloud in January 2009 in the midst of what proved to be a failed fight against relegation.

And to rub salt into the wounds for Geordie fans, he opted to head for a side with an average attendance of 16,000 - the worst in the Premier League. …

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