Villa to release Heskey on a free
Published 22:15 24/01/12 By James Nursey
Aston Villa are ready to let Emile Heskey walk away for nothing this summer.
The former England striker, 34, is one of the top earners after being brought in by Martin O’Neill.
His contract is up in July and both Villa and Heskey have already provisionally agreed to part company.
There are no fresh talks planned with a view to keeping the veteran, who cost £3.5million from Wigan two years ago. Heskey has only scored 10 goals and he has struggled with form and fitness despite quitting international duty.
Villa owner Randy Lerner is keen to cut the average Villa first-team salary from £57,000-a-week to £46,000-a-week, as revealed by Mirrorsport.
Heskey is sure to interest his old club Leicester.
Villa trio Carlos Cuellar, Habib Beye and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are also out of contract in the summer.