Ipswich set to offer Heskey career lifeline as they sign keeper Loach
11:15 GMT, 20 July 2012
Former England striker Emile Heskey looks set to be given the chance to prolong his career with Championship side Ipswich.
Heskey has been approached by Paul Jewell and Ipswich are hopeful of completing his surprise signing this month.
The 33 year-old is a free agent after his release from Aston Villa in May and has been considering his options this summer, with Hull City and Leicester two of the clubs linked.
On the move: Emile Heskey left Aston Villa at the end of the season and could go to Ipswich
Tractor Boy: Scott Loach has joined Ipswich
But Ipswich have emerged as a potential destination over the last 48 hours and initial discussions are believed to have already been held.
Jewell smashed Wigan Athletic’s transfer record in 2006 when he signed Heskey for 5.5 million from Birmingham and is keen to team up with the striker again.
The length of contract has not yet been discussed but it is likely a two-year deal will be offered to Heskey, who can also count Liverpool and Leicester among his former clubs.
Ipswich returned from a pre-season training camp in Holland on Friday and are now poised to have further talks with Heskey and his representatives.
Heskey claimed at the end of last season he still harboured ambitions of playing in the Premier League but Ipswich have made him the first concrete offer.
It will be the first time he has played outside the top flight since the 1995-96 season with Leicester, if he does complete his move to Portman Road.
Ipswich kick off their Championship campaign with a home game against Blackburn Rovers on August 18.
Meanwhile, the Tractor Boys have signed goalkeeper Scott Loach from Watford for an undisclosed fee on a four year deal.