Date: 27th January 2009 at 4:16am
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Aston Villa have taken a step closer in their pursuit of highly-rated French midfielder Charles N’Zogbia from Premiership strugglers Newcastle United by preparing to entice the selling club with an undisclosed fee, according to The Guardian.

Villa boss Martin O’Niell is a known admirer of the 22-year-old Frenchman, and the player himself expressed a desire to join the Villans if opportunity presented itself.

The fee is understood to be around £6 million, and is expected to be completed by next week.