Villa ready to launch Zog bid

The Wigan Evening Post claims Villa are favourites to land the

25-year-old and are expected to firm up their interest with a

substantial bid in the coming days. New Villa Park boss Alex

McLeish is desperate for a wideman to replace Ashley Young, who has

moved to Manchester United, while he could also be set to lose

Stewart Downing to Liverpool. McLeish almost signed N’Zogbia for

Birmingham last summer but the move fell through due to the

Frenchman’s high wage demands. However, Villa should be able to

offer a more lucrative contract as they attempt to see off

competition from rival Premier League clubs for N’Zogbia.

Liverpool, Sunderland and Everton have all been linked with the

winger in recent weeks, as well as his former club Newcastle.