The transfer rumour merry-go-round threw up another strange possible deal today, with the news that Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bring Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey back to Anfield. Liverpool need extra fire power up front and the unselfish Heskey could be the perfect foil for Fernando Torres. Despite having played in recent games for Villa, Heskey is by no means the number one striker for the Birmingham club as Norwegian John Carew often gets the nod. Therefore Heskey may want to move for first team football and Villa manager Martin O’Neill may be tempted to cash in on the forward. So is this a great deal for all concerned?
Emile Heskey scored 60 goals in his 4 seasons at Liverpool, but it was his build up play that earned him more plaudits. He formed successful partnerships with Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, and there is no reason why he couldn’t link up well with Torres next year. Heskey would cost a great deal less now than the £11 million that Liverpool paid for him in 2000 as Villa would be pleased to make any sort of profit on their £3.5 million outlay. They say that it is never a good idea to go back to your former clubs, but with Heskey looking to get in Fabio Capello’s 2010 World Cup squad, then Liverpool could be an ideal destination. But is he as good an option as the other strikers available, and would you prefer to see Ruud van Nistelorooy or Luca Toni join Liverpool in January?
As far as Aston Villa are concerned, the potential exit of Emile Heskey is unlikely to generate any great feeling among Villa fans. Heskey has only scored 4 Premier League goals so far and Carew is generally seen as the more complete player. With Heskey turning 32 in January, the striker may be past his best and a younger target man would suit Villa well as Carew isn’t exactly a youngster either. So although Martin O’Neill will not be keen to break up his squad that is doing so well at the moment, he may just see the sale of Heskey as a good bit of business. Craig Bellamy has been mentioned as a possible Villa target as the Manchester City striker is unhappy after the departure of Mark Hughes, but Carlton Cole may fit the bill more, and if worse comes to worse they can get Marlon Harewood back from Newcastle. So should O’Neill snap Liverpool’s hand off if a sizeable offer comes in for Heskey?
The link between Liverpool and Aston Villa doesn’t end there either, with former Liverpool midfielder Jermaine Pennant rumoured to be set for a return to the Premier League at Villa Park. However, with the strength that Villa have in wide positions in the form of Ashley Young, Stewart Downing and the recently converted central midfielder James Milner, the need for Pennant isn’t immediately apparent. But the January transfer window may still see some business between Liverpool and Aston Villa, but does the potential transfer of Emile Heskey represent a good deal for the player, and a win-win situation for both clubs?
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