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Heskey Is A Latic

Emile Heskey has joined Wigan Athletic in a £5.5million move from Birmingham City. He becomes the Latics' most expensive player ever, eclipsing the Emile Heskey has joined Wigan Athletic in a £3million paid for Henri Camara last year.

The 28-year-old former? England striker has signed a three-year deal.

Manager Paul Jewell said: 'This is a major coup for Wigan Athletic. I have said all along I want to bring real quality performers into this club, and Emile fits into that category.'

He added: 'He is the most high-profile signing this club has ever made, but I've not bought him for his reputation, I've bought him because I know what he can do on a football field.

'He's played over 300 Premiership games, was a mainstay in the Liverpool and England attack for several seasons and has played and scored in both the World Cup and the UEFA Cup.

'I can understand Steve Bruce not wanting to sell him because he has been a big player for him.

'But I expect Emile to make a major impact at Wigan because he has the talent, drive and attitude to fit into the team and play a major part in our development. Of that I am totally convinced.'

Jewell has often struggled in the transfer market in the past to sign the more well-known players when they become available. But he is now hoping with the capture of Heskey, the tide has turned.

'We have been monitoring the situation for a long time as regards his availability, and there were naturally several other clubs interested in a player of his quality,' added Jewell.

'It speaks volumes about how far we have come as a club that we have beaten established Premiership clubs to net a player of his stature, just as he has reached his prime.'




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Date:Friday July 7 2006

Time: 3:21PM

Your Comments

u must be pleased with such a classy play joining ur ranks
andyclark1882
£5.5million?! Are you mad!?
KevinE
hmmmm brum must be laughing all the way to the bank! but, you never know, paul jewell may well be the man to get the best out of him. i wouldnt be suprised, i hope wigan do well again this year, i was very impressed when they came to the lane. i was there and must say we were outplayed!
elmo85
What a signing, brace yourselfs for relegation!
Trig the yid
Don't think he'll be as useful as Roberts was for you unfortunately.
Tierney
You can go and watch donkies for free at Blackpool beach!!!! what a waste of money
dazza71
Yep, he's the man, must have been real tough to wrangle him from the clutches of the championship and Birmingham, cant help but feel you paid 4.5 million too much though.
TeddyLyon
OMG no offence but that was a reali bad mistake, mayb u can get a few goals outta him, all the best hope u do well agen this season.
Villa1982
Id be very angry and upset if i was a wigan fan!
sexyyid
£5.5 million! Talk about a panic buy! If that's all you can sign it's relegation for you lot!
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