Sports Management and Entertainment agency Triple S have sensationally claimed that Liverpool FC have "agreed a fee" and "terms with the player's representatives" for the transfer of Wigan Athletic's winger Charles N'Zogbia.
Launching a countdown to an "exclusive" announcement at 7pm U.K. time on the social networking site Twitter, Triple S went on to state:
"Ladies & Gents, the identity of the mystery player that Liverpool Football Club have agreed personal terms with is Charles N’Zogbia.
"A fee has been agreed with Wigan, personal terms have been agreed with the player’s representatives & the player will undergo a medical and sign a contract when he returns from holiday. The deal is not yet ‘official’ but subject to a medical being passed, N’Zogbia will be a Liverpool player."
The Triple S Sports Twitter account (http://twitter.com/#!/TripleSSports), which has close to 4,000 followers, was immediately subject to a throng of questions about the legitimacy of the statements, especially since no official statement from either club has been forthcoming. The account appeared later to have been deleted or had its name changed.
N'Zogbia himself was a large part of the reason that Wigan survived relegation from the Premier League this season, chipping in with 9 league goals in 34 games, as well as countless assists.
Formerly of Newcastle, N'Zogbia can play on either flank or behind a forward and though is blessed with pace and trickery, found consistency in performances something of a problem during his early days.
Damien Comolli, Liverpool's Director of Football, and Kenny Dalglish the club manager have both been in attendance at Wigan games over the past six months and speculation raged for some time over who they were watching; as well as N'Zogbia, James McCarthy and Hugo Rodallega were put forward as names linked with the Reds.
Whether or not the revelation on Twitter proves to be true or not remains to be seen, but if you believe the news then Charles N'Zogbia seems one step closer tonight to joining Liverpool.