The much maligned Emile Heskey is being targeted by Championship club Reading as they look to flex their muscles in the transfer market.
The England forward is surplus to requirements at Aston Villa and has been allowed to speak to other clubs regarding a potential free-transfer.
Reading are currently in the midst of a takeover by Thames Sports Investment, a group led by Russian tycoon Anton Zingarevich and are set to buy a 51% stake in the club. This has freed up some transfer funds for manager Brian McDermott, who is looking to bring in some experience to help the younger players at the club to develop.
The Berkshire club are currently sitting just one point outside the play-offs places and if past records are anything to go by they are surely set for a charge up the table in the second half of the season.
Heskey has been a Premier League stalwart for the past 14 years and also has, quite unbelievably, racked up 62 caps along the way for his country.
He started his career at Leicester before spells at Liverpool, Wigan, Birmingham before joining current club Aston Villa in 2009. His form at Villa has rather blown hot and cold but it was good enough to land himself a starting berth for England in the 2010 World Cup, where like many of his teammates, he embarrassed the country with some dismal displays.
Heskey has always been a trier, however, and down in the Championship he would be expected to flourish. Probably not in the goals department but he has great experience and also, despite his age, can still put in a performance where people have declared him unplayable.