Villa Park boss ready to swing the axe.
EMILE HESKEY will lead a quartet of highly-paid stars set to leave Aston Villa this summer, to free up more than £10million for boss Alex McLeish to use in the transfer market.
Former England striker Heskey – now 34 and thought to on £60,000-a-week – will join Senegal right-back Habib Beye, Spanish centre-half Carlos Cuellar and Welsh defender James Collins heading out of Villa Park.
And that will give McLeish much-needed buying power to revamp a squad he inherited in June last year.
Owner Randy Lerner is ready to stump up a further £10m on top of the £10m saved in wages to give Big Eck a healthy £20m transfer kitty.
SOURCE: Sunday People
This is a fairly natural part of the process of squad re-jigging that any newly installed manager goes through and one that many in Alex McLeish’s Villa Park squad will be extremely concerned about. Having spent half a season at the Aston Villa helm McLeish has had enough time to judge those in his playing staff who he inherited from Gerard Houllier, as opposed to those the Scot signed in the summer, and moves to sell any of his players will clearly help fund new additions.
Aston Villa have had a very hit and miss season thus far and after a good solid start, followed by a run of poor form, the Midlands side have picked up again and now sit in 11th place with more defeats than wins from their first 22 Premier League outings, not the position owner Randy Lerner would’ve been hoping for.
Of the quartet named by this source it seems some are more ‘surplus to requirements’ than others. French born Senegal international Habib Beye hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this season, Spaniard Cuellar has managed just five top tier starts and has been linked with a return to former club Rangers according to the Daily Mail.
James Collins however has barely missed a game but is said to be unsettled at the club and has QPR and Sunderland tracking his situation according to Sky Sports.
Veteran forward Emile Heskey appears to be set for the chop having managed just one goal in 16 appearances this season. The 34 year old has been at Aston Villa for three years now and has struggled to find form, managing a paltry 15 goals in 98 matches for the club.