In Exchange: Paying for a ProspectAston Villa have completed the player exchange deals for young striker Adam Campbell to move to Villa Park, and winger Charles N'Zogbia has agreed a deal to move the other way to Newcastle.
N'Zogbia joined Aston Villa only last season from Wigan Athletic, but did not impress much, having an average first season, scoring 2 goals in 30 league appearances. However, he has now returned to the club where he'd started his career, and where he played for from 2004 to 2008. He made 118 appearances for the Toon and is now set to increase that number.
The 26-year-old winger, who has been capped twice for France, has said that he is "genuinely shocked" at the move, which he describes as "something that went very fast" and that "both sides' (Aston Villa and Newcastle) managers did not waste any time".
"Obviously, it is a pleasure to return to Newcastle," reveals N'Zogbia. "But I also really liked it at Villa and it's saddening to leave after just one season. I wish them success in their season. Having David Beckham on board is brilliant and my only regret is not being able to have worked with him."
New Villa recruit Campbell said that the move was "exciting" for him especially because of the chance to work under national legend Beckham, but primarily because he claims that Beckham has promised him first-team football.
"To work under an England legend like David Beckham is exciting and I honestly can't wait," says the 17-year-old.
Aston Villa will officially be Campbell's first professional club, as the youngster had not signed a professional contract at Newcastle prior to the move.