Sunderland boss reignites interest in Frenchman

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is once again making French midfielder Charles N’Zogbia his number one transfer target and is preparing an £8 million move for the player this month.

Sunderland have been a surprise package this season and want to bolster their European charge by bringing in the 26 year-old play maker from Premier League strugglers Wigan.

N’Zogbia, who is currently serving a suspension, has been in fine form again for Wigan and has weighed in with three goals and four assists this season, including a brace at St James’ Park. He came to England in 2004 when Newcastle signed him from French side Le Harve. He strayed with the Magpies for five years and made 118 appearances before moving to Wigan in 2009 for a fee of £6 million. While at Wigan he made his international debut for France in a friendly defeat against Norway.

Steve Bruce is keen to be reunited with his former player, and after missing out on N’Zogbia over the summer is desperate not to fall short again. The deal could be even more important should Sunderland fail to keep hold of Chelsea target Jordan Henderson.

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