Emile Heskey has revealed that he would “love” to return to his boyhood club Leicester City, according to BBC Sport.
The former England striker, who spent six years with the Foxes, scored 46 goals in 196 games after graduating from the Leicester academy, before his club-record £11 million move to Liverpool in 2000.
Heskey the free agent
The 36-year old is currently a free agent after his two-year spell with Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets came to an end after last season, and has been pursuing a move to an English club.
Heskey told BBC radio Leicester: “It goes without saying, I’d love to come. It is a great club that allowed me to get to the platform that I got to.
"It goes without saying, I’d love to come"
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“I was an England international when I was with Leicester so that was a great achievement.”
The Leicester-born player has scored a total of 110 Premier League goals during a career that has seen him also play for Liverpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa.
The Foxes are need of goals, having failed to score in their past five games and even though his last game was in April, he believes that he is “fit enough” to feature in manager Nigel Pearson’s plans if he were to sign for the club.
Leicester are currently third from bottom in the Premier League and have room in their 25-man squad to accommodate Heskey, should the club decide to sign the forward who won 65 caps for England.
Goals have been hard to come by for the promoted side, with top-scorer Leonardo Ulloa failing to find the net recently, whilst Jamie Vardy, Chris Wood, David Nugent and Riyad Mahrez all having only managed one strike each.
Heskey offers advice
And Heskey states that the players will be questioning their abilities, having received criticism for not scoring enough goals during his own career: “They will obviously be questioning themselves, as professional footballers it is difficult because you will have ups and downs.
“You always have to have belief in yourself, but that will be battered all over the place once you are not scoring and getting a few critics on your back.”