Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is looking to bring in Malaga striker Jose Salomon Rondon on loan, as he looks to boost his attacking options.
According to the Daily Mail, McLeish wants Rondon for added competition up front. With Emile Heskey’s contract up at the end of the season, perhaps the Villa manager is challenging Heskey to earn a new deal.
Venezuelan international Rondon is a powerful striker who has 17 goals in 48 games for the La Liga side.
Despite being a regular member of the first-team, Malaga may let Rondon leave, as they pursue bigger names in their La Liga revolution, funded by Qatar’s Sheikh Abdullah.
McLeish is quoted in the article as suggesting he won’t address Heskey’s contract until the end of the season.
He said: “It’s up to guys like big Emile to produce a few good performances between now and the end of the season by banging in a few goals, getting a few assists and then we can address [the contract situation] at that time.”
Heskey is currently working his way back into the team following an Achilles injury and despite showing faith in the England international earlier in the season, it seems McLeish is now looking at Rondon to come in and help should the goalscoring burden from Darren Bent.
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