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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Emile Heskey turns down bid to sign for Carlisle Utd

Carlisle United have failed in an ambitious bid to land former England striker Emile Heskey.

The veteran forward, a free agent, was approached by Blues manager Graham Kavanagh.

The United boss played alongside Heskey at Wigan and wanted to add the 36-year-old’s vast experience to his squad.

But Heskey, who has recently returned to England after a spell in Australia, rebuffed the approach.

“I tried to get Emile in,” Kavanagh told News & Star Sport.

“I played with him at Wigan and I know what he is all about.

“Unfortunately he turned it down as I think he wants to be playing in the Championship or going back abroad.”

Heskey returned to England last month after a popular two-year spell with Aussie outfit Newcastle Jets, where former Carlisle favourite Michael Bridges is a coach.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa man, who won 62 England caps and played in two World Cups, has been linked with League One side Leyton Orient whilst insisting he is open to offers from any level.

Kavanagh’s unsuccessful approach to Heskey confirms that the Blues manager is keen to strengthen his attack.

He will turn his attention to other players ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline but may be patient in order to land loan targets.

Kavanagh added: “I’m constantly trying to improve the squad with the one player who might make a difference.

“But I’m not going to bring in players willy-nilly.

“We have strategised over the whole summer in terms of building the best squad we can, and it is now about getting the right formula from within that group.”

The chances of further additions before Saturday’s trip to Cambridge look slim, though Kavanagh will have Danny Kearns available for the trip.

The summer signing missed the 1-1 draw with Southend through illness but returned to training yesterday.

Have your say

We are following the same approach to hiring as last season - and look how well that went!
Someone needs to step in quickly to stop this slide, please!!!!
Living in MK means I usually only get to see United at away matches, but I am struggling to find motivation while the current system is being followed - it leads nowhere!

Posted by Ken Robinson on 1 September 2014 at 13:35

My beloved club been turned into the comedy club....please leave now kav you are out of your depth at managing just stick to bullying what you do well at ......

Posted by Ian bell on 29 August 2014 at 13:49

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