We just cannot resist featuring a story in the News of the World today, indicating that Newcastle United may be after Emile Heskey in January.
That, in itself, is a reasonable enough story since it seems that Michael Owen always plays well with Heskey.
But then the fee the paper quotes as reasonable is an outlandish â‚¤15M â€“ who are they kidding? Certainly not Newcastle.
Emile Heskey – played well for England – but not worth â‚¤15M
The Sunday gossip paper reports that manager Sam Allardyce may want to bring Emile Heskey to Newcastle in January. Owen and Heskey always play well together, there’s not much argument about that. When they were at Liverpool they looked good together and recently they played really well in England’s European qualifying games against Israel and Russia. It’s not too surprising then that Big Sam may be considering whether to bring Emile to Newcastle.
The paper though then goes into the very faulty logic of saying that since Darren Bent cost Spurs Â£17M, and Heskey is a better player, though a little older (he’s 30 in January) they reach a price of Â£15M for the Wigan striker.
Let’s just insert a little cold logic and truth here. Just because Spurs paid an outlandish Â£17M for Darren Bent during the summer, it doesn’t mean he is worth anything near that. It just means Spurs are a little foolish with their money in the transfer market and it’s entirely up to them if they want to overpay for players – but not at Newcastle. Darren is notably struggling to command a first team place at the London club.
We also note the Â£15M fee is mentioned in spite of Heskey costing Wigan a mere Â£5.5M in July, 2006. Newcastle should be able to get one of their big strikers â€“ Mark Viduka or even Shola Ameobi to play well with Owen. It may take time but we wouldn’t be surprised if Mark Viduka forges a good partnership with Michael Owen as the season progresses.
The NOTW goes onto say that Wigan chairman David Whelan would accept Â£15M for Heskey and therefore triple his investment in the player he signed from Birmingham. We’re sure he would. But gone are the days when Newcastle will enter into foolish transfer deals. Such as when the club paid around Â£8M for Jean Alain Boumsong from Rangers in January 2005. Rangers had just signed the Frenchman as a free agent, a short 5 months previous to the deal. Unfortunately for teams like Wigan, those stupid Newcastle transfer deals are now things of the past – and thank goodness for that.
What do you think Heskey is worth to Newcastle?
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