Report: Aston Villa outcast Charles N'Zogbia poised to join Greek side AEK Athens on loan

Charles N'Zogbia

Aston Villa’s Charles N’Zogbia has been linked with a move away from the club this month.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Aston Villa star Charles N’Zogbia is poised to join Greek side AEK Athens on loan until the end of the season.

The France international has barely featured this season, making just two substitute appearances in the Premier League as his side struggle at the foot of the table.

N’Zogbia is out of favour under boss Remi Garde, but his reported £65,000-a-week wage, as quoted in the report, makes him one of the club’s highest earners and a potential problem.

With Villa keen to get him off the wage bill, and N’Zogbia looking to leave, a potential solution has been found with AEK Athens boss Gus Poyet interested in bringing him in.

“N’Zogbia’s Villa nightmare could be over this month with a loan move to the Greek club, who are managed by former Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet,” the Telegraph reports.

The report goes onto say that the former Wigan Athletic star currently has offers on the table from the MLS, but Poyet is hopeful of taking him to the Greek capital until the end of the season.

N’Zogbia’s contract expires at the end of the campaign thus sparking speculation of potentially paying him off early, but securing a loan deal could end up saving Villa money.

The 29-year-old joined Villa in 2011 and has made 78 Premier League appearances for the club.

With Garde’s men almost certain to go down this season, planning for the Championship early is prudent and that includes outgoings as well as any potential new additions.

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