Bolton to make Christmas call on ex-Liverpool striker Emile Heskey

Bolton Wanderers are expected to make a decision on whether or not to offer terms to former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey over the Christmas period.

Emile Heskey will be hoping that his Christmas wish list made it to the North Pole, with the former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic striker looking to find a contract offer from Bolton Wanderers neatly tucked under his tree.

It could be that he is offered a festive boost prior to December 25, with the Trotters continuing to cast an eye over him in training.

Neil Lennon is fully aware of what the burly frontman can offer to his cause, having played alongside him at Leicester City, but the 36-year-old has been asked to prove his worth as he approaches the end of his career.

Heskey need not look far for inspiration, though, with another veteran performer in the form of Eidur Gudjohnsen having been offered terms until the end of the season.

Lennon is refusing to rule out a similar deal being put to another contract hopeful, with Bolton prepared to give a man with 62 England caps to his name every opportunity to join their Championship ranks.

He told the Bolton News: “I’m treating it exactly the same way as I did for Eidur. He will have 10 days to two weeks' training with us and we will assess him from there.

“There is no pressure on us or Emile. He is away for a few days because he is a club ambassador with Leicester.

“That will give him time to have a break and then come back again. Hopefully, we will have made a decision by then.”

Heskey has been away from English shores since linking up with Australian A-League outfit Newcastle Jets in 2012.

He is, however, in possession of a distinguished CV, with there not too many players who can claim to have plundered more than 100 Premier League goals.

An agreement to bring him on board at the Macron Stadium would appear to make sense for all concerned, with Bolton looking for impact players who can help to push them into promotion contention in the second-tier.

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