Wigan Athletic are preparing to launch a bid to sign Birmingham City striker Emile Heskey after losing out to Everton in the race to buy England international Andrew Johnson from Crystal Palace.
The Latics finished tenth in their first Barclays Premier-ship season and manager Paul Jewell is desperate to bolster his squad after losing Jimmy Bullard to Fulham and with Pascal Chimbonda, Jason Roberts and Henri Camara appearing unsettled.
Heskey, 28, was relegated with Blues last season and only managed four top-flight goals during the campaign, although he was tipped for a surprise England recall at one stage.
Birmingham have previously stated that they do not need to sell Heskey - nor do they need to sell winger Jer-maine Pennant - but Wigan have revealed their interest in the former Liverpool striker.
Assistant manager Chris Hutchings said: "We're interested in Emile Heskey, of course we are, he's a quality striker and everyone knows now how close we came to getting Andy Johnson. But nothing's concrete at the moment and there are a lot of other clubs interested in him."