Sunday, January 25, 2009

Michael Owen To Partner Emile Heskey At Aston Villa?

After snapping up Emile Heskey, reports claim that Michael Owen is next on Martin O'Neill's shopping list.

Michael Owen could be set to renew his strike partnership with Emile Heskey at Aston Villa after manager Martin O’Neill refused to rule out a move for the Newcastle United striker.

Owen’s contract at St James’ Park expires at the end of the season and, having failed to agree a new deal with the club, he may well leave in the summer.

One possible destination may be Aston Villa, who yesterday added Emile Heskey to their ranks, and manager O’Neill hinted that he would love to be able to bring Owen to the club.

“I’m not saying that I will move for Owen in the summer – I’ve not looked at anything at that remote a distance,” he told The Sun, “But that’s not to say Michael Owen is not a terrific player. We wait to see. Anything is possible. Kaka is a possibility!”

Owen and Heskey played together for both England and Liverpool and proved a complementary partnership.

A return to form has seen Heskey regain his place in Fabio Capello’s England team and now secure a move to Villa, and with Owen also keen to force his way back into the international reckoning, a move to the West Midlands may prove tempting.

Certainly Villa are enjoying an impressive season, currently fourth in the Premier League, and looking to be in with a realistic opportunity of qualifying for the Champions League, another prospect which will surely entice Owen.

The Villans take on Doncaster Rovers in the fourth round of the FA Cup this afternoon, but O’Neill did admit that talk of a move for Owen was premature and ruled out anything happening in the January transfer window.

However, he did hint that this is a situation that may change in the summer and concluded: “We want to try and compete at this level but what’s happening in the future? I have no idea.”

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