₤15M For Wigan’s Heskey – What A Joke


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 ₤15M – who are they kidding? Certainly not Newcastle.

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Emile Heskey – played well for England – but not worth ₤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 £17M, and Heskey is a better player, though a little older (he’s 30 in January) they reach a price of £15M for the Wigan striker.

Let’s just insert a little cold logic and truth here. Just because Spurs paid an outlandish £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 £15M fee is mentioned in spite of Heskey costing Wigan a mere £5.5M in July, 2006. Newcastle should be able to get one of their big strikers – 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 £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 £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?

Let us know – comments are always welcome.



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22 comments so far

  • squid

    Sep 23, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1

    not a bad deal for an international striker with all his experiance and ability. NOT. a fat ameobi who can header a bit better. dean ashton 6 mil, problem solved.

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  • Dave Atkinson

    Sep 23, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Why bother trying to find the perfect match for injury-prone Owen. It would be better to cash him on him and then buy a partner for Oba.

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  • JoshI

    Sep 23, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #3

    No we need Owen he is such a clinical finisher, all he needs is the service, which he just isnt getting at the moment, Oba can create himself so much more than Owen but he lacks that poise and precision needed in a world class striker, i still feel together they can both work, Oba to create Owen to finish and Oba can also score from unexpected areas (SPURS) so there will be extra goals from him.

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  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 23, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    @dave atkinson r u mad ?
    we need owen to stay and sam needs to get oba n owen playing together regulaly amiobis alright to hav sitting on the bench but a think sam made a error haveing him on in the derby game

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  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 23, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    NUFC will not pay £15M for Heskey, maybe £5M at a stretch…….

    Expect BSA to offer Shola several more outings this season before he decides to keep or let him go. Shola needs to improve drastically after the Derby horror show or he’ll be on his bike.

    Owen is a clinical finisher but injury prone, so BSA may cash in if the right offer comes along……

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  • Graeme

    Sep 23, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Heskey would be a good swap for Bambi. He is older than Bambi, but has proved he can play at the top level and Bambi patently cant, other than that, cant see the point.

    I would like to see Owen & Martins on the pitch together, I think they would compliment each other. However, the strike force isnt the problem, its the lack of service to them coupled with no creativity in midfield. Rather than contemplate spending £15 mill (which I dont believe) on Emily, much better off spending it on Messi or Deco or similar.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    For 15mill you could buy Gudjonsen- 6mill,-Alberto Zapater-9mill

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Graeme….Deco could meet the 15mill valuation but Messi my friend is 5 times more than that.Not that i think he is worth around 70mill its just that Barca wont let him go for anything lower from that price
    Moratti the Inter supremo said”At any given day i would offer 100mill euro for Messi”.

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 23, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Err wouldnt buy Heskey maybe Ameobi + 3 mil.

    Just read the other article and reading what people have been saying that we need lately a CAM who cna play RW with a good pass, speed and skill – Jonathan De Guzman. Any thoughts?

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    TomToon…For the first time i would have to agree with you about something.De Guzman would be perfect for us,i just don’t know how much would be his asking price especially now when they’re aiming for the title in the Dutch League.He scored 2 goals against Nac Breda a week ago.
    Nicky Hofs is also excellent for us and probably would cost less than De Guzman,15 goals in 45 games is not bad at all for a midfielder.

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  • adam

    Sep 23, 2007 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #11

    i wouldnt have him if they paid us!

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  • hadrian

    Sep 23, 2007 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    im sick of this , cant we just sell owen . your kidding yourselfs about him siging a new contract with the toon , chroist he’s not far off being able to walk away on a free .
    great player on his day , but the drama and building the team around him is just to much , its not worth it .

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 23, 2007 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Yer but the thing with nicky hofs is that he is more of a goal scoring midfielder rather than de guzman who likes to score goals but is very creative and a good passer. The last time i heard someone linked with de guzman it was chelsea and apprently according to the news of the world the fee was around 2 mil, not that i believe that but they normally have approximate figures. I was also thinking of nuri sahin or aissati but they would be to expensive and probably to weak along with afellay who is very injury prone at a young age. Hadji have you seen any of Bakkal?

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Tom…I’ve only seen him during the European Cup for under 21,don’t remember where he scored,i think in the final against Serbia.He scored the opener,well he’s good,he’s tall,very versatile player.His style reminds me of Ginola a little bit.Wow 2 mill only for Jonathan De Guzman,if we can get him for 5mill could be a bargain for us knowing how Feyenord inflated the price of Drenthe in the last moment.

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  • Tom_toon

    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Yer bakkal looks pretty decent from the under 21’s but im not sure if we need someone like him more of a RF than a RW. Nicky Hofs is good from what ive seen but hes 4 years older than de guzman and has seemed to have a few injuries especially the owrst one, cruciate knee ligament damage which can come back at any time. De guzman is better overall and i think he is what we need also a great dead ball specialist to add to his attributes. We should definitely look at signing some young players like de guzman and of his calibre in january, especially in the midfield areas, CAM and RW.

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  • Hadji

    Sep 23, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Well i hope Sam will notice that player and bring him in January.Too bad that i wont be able to watch EPL till mid April cause i gotta go back to work on the ship and they only play Spanish and Italian leagues on Espn deportes.

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  • Ben

    Sep 23, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Wait till duff and barton are fully fit…then complain about the lack of service to the strikers.

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  • Doc

    Sep 23, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Carrol, should have sent Shola out on loan the sold him and kept Carrol for the squad

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  • Phil

    Sep 23, 2007 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #19

    Owen is brilliant, a phenomenal striker but those injuries which blew the first 2 years of his contract are already eating his third, and I can’t help feeling like we’ve been hard done by, his contract is nearing an end and I think that he should be sold, not because I want him to go but because he clearly wants to leave and mainly because of injury he just isn’t delivering . I’d pay 100 million for another shearer but does such a player exist? Forget heskey and please sell ameobi £5? The hunt for Obas partner has to begin now lets stop worrying about keeping owen, there couldn’t have been a more sure bet striker 3 years ago but it hasn’t worked and he just has to go

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  • Beastie

    Sep 23, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #20

    christ people get rid of the clown!!!!! bsa must realise the bloke is crap get dean ashton in!!!!

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  • Ashton

    Sep 24, 2007 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #21

    for 15 m we can get adriano from inter he is exactly what big sam need , strong and tall with big head and powerful left foot and very young too , he will be a massive player in pl .

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  • john75

    Oct 22, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #22

    If Owen commits to a new long term contract, then Heskey would be a very good purchase, as he and Owen play brilliantly together and would probably guarantee Owen at least 20 goals a season. If Heskey could then manage somehwere near 10, with half a dozen each from Barton, N’Zog and Milner, that would be the best retrun in years. However, If Owen does not commit, and we still buy Heskey (for no more than 6 mill) Then we not only lose Englands top striker, but are left with a complete pudding, who couldn’y hit the side of a rather large barn from 6 feet away, without Owen alongside him.

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