Date: 17th December 2008 at 11:50am
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According to the Independent, Martin O’Neill has registered an interest in France U21 and Newcastle midfielder Charles N’Zogbia. The report says his future at the club is in doubt despite signing a five-year contract last year. Not sure why his future is unsure, I’ll ask the Vital Newcastle editor and get back to you!

The Sun say that Aston Villa, Spurs and Manchester City are going to enter a bidding war for West Ham’s £10m-rated striker Dean Ashton. I honestly can’t see this, he is a good striker no doubt at all and is the sort of big physical tough type of striker that MON appears to like, but he is so injury prone it would be a massive risk. He is still only 25 but he has suffered injury after injury, he is currently out with an ankle problem and won’t be fit until next month. His goal record (from Wiki) is 2000-2005 with Crewe Alexandra, 159 games, 61 goals. Norwich 2005-2006 44 games, 17 goals. West Ham 2006 onwards, 46 games, 15 goals.

Meanwhile, talk about Michael Owen doesn’t include Aston Villa but certainly is interesting…! Apparently Newcastle have offered him a 4 year deal (not the 3 year deal reported) at around £90 000 a week. But the Daily Mail claim he has told his team mates he is hoping for an offer from Liverpool, Manchester City or Everton. Meanwhile the Daily Star says Steve Bruce is looking to launch a bid for him in January and also wants midfielder Nicky Butt.