Date: 26th August 2010 at 1:24pm
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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has taken Blues manager Alex McLeish from off the top of his Christmas card list after he let it slip to the press about Birmingham being interested in Charles N’Zogbia.

The winger has been linked with Blues and a few other sides over the summer, but it was McLeish who had a bid for the player turned down. Yesterday it was revealed that Blues had gone back in with an improved offer, but Martinez says it was less than the first offer that they made.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News the Spaniard said: ‘We had a couple of offers in May and now the offer is less than the one we had in May and then they come publicly in the press. It doesn’t look serious to me.

‘The valuation is very clear. If the team matches it he can speak with them. Until that happens he is a Wigan Athletic player.

‘The transfer window brings you that distraction but when you get other managers talking about your players, that is really disappointing – to unsettle players and the press with no substance behind it.

‘I don’t know the reason behind it, whether it is to get the fans’ hopes high in your football club, I don’t know.

‘Charles has had a difficult few days and it is our fault. We should not allow the transfer window to be open when the competition is ongoing.

‘I don’t think it is respectful to the league or the fans and it needs to be considered by the authorities.’