Ex-Newcastle winger is in training with Sunderland

Charles N'Zogbia
Charles N'Zogbia
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Former Newcastle United winger Charles N’Zogbia is training with Sunderland - although that is the currently the extent of the Black Cats’ interest in the Frenchman.

N’Zogbia is a free agent after being released by relegated Aston Villa in the summer and was at the Academy of Light today on the opening day of pre-season training with Sunderland.

At the moment, Sunderland have no plans to offer the 30-year-old a permanent contract and boss Sam Allardyce has just given him the chance to keep in shape.

However, if N’Zogbia impresses the Sunderland boss, then there is always a chance that he could return to the North East.

N’Zogbia made just two appearances for Villa last season as he wound down the final months of his estimated £50,000-a-week wages at Villa Park.

Sunderland attempted to sign N’Zogbia prior to his move to Villa but then Black Cats boss Steve Bruce was unable to strike a deal in the summer of 2011.