Espanyol deny Heskey interest

La Liga club not targeting free agent striker

Emile Heskey: Not on Espanyol's radar, according to their sporting director

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Espanyol's sporting director Ramon Planes has denied the club are interested in signing former England striker Emile Heskey on a free transfer.

Heskey is without a club following his release from Aston Villa at the end of last season and is thought to be on the radar of several sides.

But Planes insists the Periquitos are not targeting the 34-year-old, who has also been linked with Liverpool, Stoke and Norwich.

The Espanyol chief told Catalan newspaper Sport: "I know about the rumours in the papers but we are not interested in Heskey or any other footballer.

"The squad is closed and the coach has not demanded any more players.

"Espanyol have a mix of experience and youth this season and that is sufficient to obtain our objectives."