Date: 24th January 2009 at 10:00am
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I mentioned this yesterday in one or two of my Emile Heskey articles but hadn’t got the full facts and wanted to wait to see what quotes the press actually got off Martin O’Neill!

Seems that the quick email I got was right though, the Villa boss is now interested in moving for Newcastle striker Michael Owen in the summer. I would imagine they’ve enquired this transfer window and had it confirmed that Owen doesn’t want to leave until he can do so on a free. If only we could grab him now, I’ve said for months in our forum (along with many others – I’m not claiming this is particularly clever of me obviously!!) that his goals – IF FIT – could win us the blinking league. Forum thread (from page one – goes to page 8 at the moment) (WARNING – Adult language) Michael Owen to villa

The quotes the press got in their Friday conference with MON yesterday were as follows, these ones were from a report by the lovely Janine Self of The Sun

O’Neill said: ‘I’m not saying that I will move for Owen in the summer — I’ve not looked at anything at that remote a distance. But that’s not to say Michael Owen is not a terrific player. We wait to see. Anything is possible. Kaka is a possibility! We want to try to compete at this level but what’s happening in the future? I have no idea.’

Ok, not exactly saying ‘we are going to try to sign Owen’ but at least it admits we might be in for players of that quality. It is possible for Villa to take the next step now and to do that it will take big money. Some are disappointed at the arrival of Heskey but I see it as a decent enough buy at the money spent, not a wow player but certainly an interesting one and he is an England international, a level above signings like Marlon Harewood (no offence meant as his attitude when he comes on as sub has been good!) so I’m happy to see what the big man can do. Hopefully he’ll get his scoring ratio up to beyond what he has achieved before.