CLUB SOURCE: Emile Heskey deal is still a long way off

IPSWICH Town manager Paul Jewell has sounded out Emile Heskey about a move to Portman Road – but a deal still remains a long way off.

Blues chief executive Simon Clegg yesterday revealed that a fourth summer signing was close to be completed, but it has emerged that Heskey – who has reportedly also interested Hull and Leicester – is not the player who is closest to joining.

A club source said: “The manager has spoken to Emile, but talks have been very much of a preliminary nature. We are aware that other clubs are interested and there is still a long way to go on that one.

“Discussions regarding another player are advanced, but until the deal is sealed the club does not wish to comment.”