Owen linked with Aston Villa switch

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Emile Heskey would welcome the chance to team up with Michael Owen again at Aston Villa.

Owen is now out of contract after failing to help steer Newcastle away from relegation and Martin O'Neill is pondering whether to make an offer to the fourth highest goalscorer in England history.

Heskey has not been asked for an opinion by his club manager, but if he was, the tribute would be glowing.

"I would welcome the opportunity to play with him again," Heskey told BBC Radio Five Live.

"He is a great player and a great asset to have. He has shown that on many occasions."

O'Neill knows he would have to make Owen the highest paid player in Villa history if he was to lure him to Villa Park.

Many fans would no doubt question the decision given the 29-year-old's career seems to have been on a downward spiral.

However, Heskey knows how well the pair have performed together in the past.

The striker got his name on the scoresheet when Owen scored a hat-trick in the 5-1 hammering of Germany in Munich eight years ago, and supposedly Heskey had his old friend to thank for persuading Steve McClaren to end his three-year international exile in 2007.

"I am not sure whether Michael got me back into the squad but I do feel for him," he said.

"He has been knocked and always got back up and performed. I have been through the same.

"Given the opportunity to play regularly I know he will score goals and put in great performances."