posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 06:35 PM
Newcastle United have been ordered to pay a transfer fee, if they want to keep French starlet Charles N'Zogbia.
The young winger was lured to St James' Park from Le Havre in August but the transfer angered the French side.
N'Zogbia was bounded to Le Havre until 2006 on an education contract but Newcastle swooped as the teenager was not tied to a professional deal.
As a compensation package had not been agreed, Le Havre initially took their case to Fifa but world football's governing body ratified the switch.
Le Havre then took the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the hope of gaining some form of financial recompense from Newcastle.
In the meantime, N'Zogbia made his debut for The Magpies as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers last month, prior to Graeme Souness' first match in
But, if Newcastle wish to keep the exciting wide man, they must stump up a transfer fee after the Court of Arbitration for Sport sided with Le Havre.