Bruce dimisses talk of Heskey for sale

August 27, 2008

Wigan manager Steve Bruce is adamant Emile Heskey will not be sold and insists Henri Camara has a future at the club following last night's Carling Cup success over Notts County.

The Latics won 4-0 but after the game Bruce was forced to fend off questions about the future of England striker Heskey.

The former Liverpool man claimed an embarrassing tally of just four goals last season but he continues to be linked with rival clubs.

'It would take a hell on an offer to let him go but I've not heard anything from anyone and I don't envisage anything happening at this late stage,' said Bruce ahead of the closure of the transfer window on September 1.

Heskey did little against spirited but limited League Two opposition and was replaced by Amr Zaki at half-time.

The real star of the show was Senegal striker Camara, who breathed life into his faltering career with his first goals in 20 months.

Camara, 31, spent the whole of last season on loan at West Ham but failed to score a single goal in a nightmare campaign.

The nomadic forward returned to the JJB Stadium in the summer and was told he was welcome to stay and fight for his place by Bruce.

Camara took full advantage of his first start of the season by netting with a superb 32nd-minute opener to shatter the resistance of the Magpies.

He scored again with a clinical header in the 62nd minute - two minutes after Zaki had made the game safe with a close-range tap-in.

Bruce said: 'I have seen Camara play against my teams in the past and score against us.

'I didn't even know what was happening with him in the summer but he's now here for another year and I'm sure he's got a part to play.

'He complements my other strikers like Heskey and Antoine Sibierski and he gives me something different.'