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Report: Aston Villa reject set for free transfer to FC Nantes

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia in action with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez

The 30-year-old had a torrid time at Aston Villa, having previously starred for Newcastle, Wigan and even the French national team.

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia in action with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Alexis SanchezCharles N'Zogbia in action for Aston Villa against Arsenal

Recently released Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia looks to have found a new club. According to reports in L'Équipe, the 2006 Intertoto Cup winner will join FC Nantes this week on a one-year deal. 

The midfielder was not always the most popular of figures in the West Midlands during his time at Aston Villa, often being deemed disinterested, and many Villa fans celebrated his departure as if they had won the Champions League.

N'Zogbia trained with Sam Allardyce and Sunderland over the summer in order to improve his fitness levels, but failed to convince the Black Cats that he was deserving of a contract with the Premier League strugglers.

Sunderland's Charles N'Zogbia in actionCharles N'Zogbia played for Sunderland in pre-season

Now though, it would appear that the twice capped French international has found a new home, with lowly Ligue 1 outfit FC Nantes. Currently 18th in Ligue 1, the Brittany-based club have lost 3 of their opening 4 league games, having finished 14th last season.

Nantes are not a club with a large wage budget, and although N'Zogbia will have to take a major pay cut on the reported £60,000 a week he was earning at Aston Villa, he is still likely to become the clubs best paid player.  

That is some risk to take on a player so heavily criticised in recent times who hasn't played a competitive match since November 2015. 

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesSupporters celebrate a goal by FC Nantes

Other familiar names to English football fans at Nantes include Alexander Kacaniklic, the Swedish winger formerly of Fulham, Watford and Burnley. The 25-year-old spent four years at Fulham, in which time he played 95 games, before joining Nantes this summer. 

Charles N'Zogbia (L) and Mohamed Diame in their Wigan daysWill former Newcastle, Wigan and Aston Villa winger N'Zogbia revive his career at Nantes?

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