Desperate Rodgers could resort to free-agent.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is considering a shock move to sign free-agent Emile Heskey.
The 34-year-old, who played for Liverpool between 2000 and 2004, is without a club after being released by Aston Villa in May.
Rodgers has been left desperately short of options up front, after sanctioning the loan move of striker Andy Carroll to West Ham but failing to land either Clint Dempsey or Daniel Sturridge on transfer deadline day.
Liverpool chairman John Henry wrote an open letter to the club’s supporters on Monday, addressing the Merseysiders’ inability to sign a striker but insisting that Liverpool would not waste money on transfer fees and wages.
It is understood that Rodgers allowed Carroll to leave because he was confident of signing another striker but the breakdown in communication with the board has left the Northern Irishman with just Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez as the only recognised forwards on the club’s books.
Rodgers will now consider offering Heskey a six-month contract until January, when he is able to recall Carroll from Upton Park.
The former Swansea boss has also considered a move for Michael Owen, also an ex-Reds striker who is currently a free agent, but it is understood that the 30-year-old is demanding a significantly wage packet that Rodgers is unwilling to pay.
Heskey meanwhile would come cheap and, earlier this month, was offered just £90 a week to sign for Blackpool by eccentric Tangerines boss Ian Holloway.
Heskey, who is open to a move abroad but would prefer to stay in England is confident of landing a new club in the coming days – with Liverpool firmly in the running for his signature.
“I feel as fit and hungry as I have done in a long time and have been training everyday throughout the summer,” the former England striker told the Liverpool Daily Post.
“As has been reported I did receive a number of offers during the transfer window but didn’t feel like any of them were the right opportunity for me at that time.
“I’m now looking forward to hopefully securing a new club over the coming days.”
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