Arsenal are great, says the ‘new Cristiano Ronaldo’

Dec 23, 2009
Bill Mann

Transfer Talk: Could Lille’s Eden Hazard go to Emirates? Liverpool eye Heskey

He's 18, from Belgium, and he's been dubbed "the new Cristiano Ronaldo". He's also got arguably the most exotic name in European football - Eden Hazard. He may be the stuff of dreams for tabloid headline writers, but he's also top of Arsene Wenger's wish list.
Hazard has helped unfancied French club Lille to third place in Ligue 1 this season, as well as the knockout stages of the Europa League, earning praise in the process from his childhood idol, French legend Zinedine Zidane. According to Spanish paper Marca, Barcelona and Read Madrid – Zidane's old club – are hot on the heels of Hazard, but the Daily Mail reports that Hazard is keen to join Arsenal, quoting the teenager as saying: "Arsenal are really great and play at a very high technical level".
Hazard remains coy about any move, however, insisting: "I have a three-year contract and feel that I have a lot to learn in Lille. The situation could only change if a club offers £26million and Lille were unable to refuse."
Who do you call in an emergency? That's right, Emile Heskey. At least, that's according to the Daily Mirror, who report that beleaguered Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez "wants Emile Heskey back at Anfield".
As Reds striker Fernando Torres said earlier in the week, "We don't have money to bring in the best players – and obviously we need players", so it seems Benitez has decided to rummage in the bargain basket. Heskey spent four seasons at Anfield earlier in the decade, scoring 60 goals, and left the club a few weeks before the arrival of Benitez.

Money is tight at Anfield right now but the Mirror says Benitez "admires Heskey's unselfish approach and feels he could provide the perfect foil for Torres". An offer could soon be made to Aston Villa as rumours indicate Liverpool are set to offload four players in next month's transfer window, among them Italy defender Andrea Dossena and Ukraine frontman Andriy Voronin.

Heskey, who turns 32 next month, arrived at Villa Park at the start of 2009, scoring two goals in his 14 appearances last season. This season he's struggled to hold down a spot in Martin O'Neill's side and with the World Cup fast approaching, Heskey is said to be keen to get regular game time.
Remember José Antonio Reyes? He was the gifted Arsenal playmaker whose career went turtle the moment he left north London in 2007, but according to a report in the Daily Mail the 26-year-old Spaniard might be on the verge of returning to the Premier League. The papers has it on good authority that "Everton are weighing up a loan move for Atletico Madrid's José Antonio Reyes".

Everton's injury list is growing – Jack Rodwell is the latest of three midfielders booked in for a lengthy spell on the treatment table – and David Moyes sees winger Reyes as the solution to the crisis. Reyes enjoyed three successful seasons with Arsenal but since returning to Spain he has cut a sorry figure and is no longer a member of the national squad.

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