Heskey-Whelan summit looms

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England striker Emile Heskey is set for talks with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan over his future at the JJB Stadium.

Heskey is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave for free, with manager Steve Bruce insisting the 30-year-old should not depart in January for a small fee.

Whelan spoke to Heskey in the summer, but there have been no discussions since. "He came to me in July and said he had interest, and if I wanted to leave he would respect that," Heskey said.

He added: "But I haven't said anything to him, and he hasn't said anything to me - so it is the same situation."

After his renaissance with England under Fabio Capello, Heskey could virtually name his price at the end of the campaign in terms of wages. He is understood to also rate his chances of performing in the Champions League.

In the meantime, the former Liverpool striker is taking the plaudits for his professionalism while his contract is unresolved.

"I'm a Wigan player," he said. "Whoever doesn't put a shift in for the club they are playing for really needs to leave.

"I'm trying my hardest here, and everyone else is. Kevin Kilbane, Henri Camara and Ryan Taylor are out of contract like I am, and nothing much is said about them - they are brushed to one side.

"We're all in the same boat and want to do well for Wigan while we have contracts."

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