Charles N'Zogbia's Newcastle United career came to an end today, when he swapped clubs with Wigan Athletic's Ryan Taylor. The Magpies will also receive a fee for the 22-year-old French winger, reported to be more than £6 million, which would make him Wigan's record signing.
N'Zogbia vowed Thursday he would never play for Newcastle again under Joe Kinnear, accusing the Magpies manager of insulting him by apparently forgetting his name in a television interview. Kinnear appeared to forget N'Zogbia's surname during a television interview on Wednesday, twice calling him 'Insomnia' before settling for 'Charlie'.
N'Zogbia joined Newcastle in 2004 from French club Le Havre, but last season had suggested he wanted a move to Arsenal. Taylor, 24, was out of contract at Wigan come the end of the season.
Wigan manager Steve Bruce told the club's official website: "I think this boy can be a really good player for us.
"He's lightning fast going forward but can also play at the back and he fills that left-sided role we've been looking for. He is young but he has experience.
"For a boy of his age to have played well over 100 Premier League games is rare, so with his best years ahead of him, he is exactly the type of player we need for the long-term building of Wigan Athletic. I'm delighted to have him on board."