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Heskey done, Owen next?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has completed the signing of Emile Heskey from Wigan, then refused to rule out a move for Michael Owen, whose Newcastle contract runs out at the end of the season.

Heskey last night completed his £3.5 million move to Midlands, rejecting Liverpool for signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with Villa.

That throws up the intriguing prospect of re-uniting Heskey with Owen, the ex-Liverpool partnership which brought them success at Anfield and with England.

"I’m not saying that I will move for Owen in the summer," said O’Neill. "But that’s not to say Michael Owen is not a terrific player. We wait to see. Anything is possible.

"We want to try to compete at this level but what’s happening in the future? I have no idea."

With Owen's deal running down at Newcastle, he is an attractive proposition as Villa do not have to pay a fee.

However, the 29-year-old earns £110,000 a week on Tyneside and wants £150,000 a week from his next deal when he will be a free agent.

The Villa boss would have to avoid breaking the club's wage structure, but Owen is likely to be enticed by the prospect of Champions League football next season and the chance to win back his place in Fabio Capello’s England plans for the 2010 World Cup.

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