Stoke City's boss has earmarked Heskey as a replacement for James Beattie and Dave Kitson and will end Heskey's unhappy second spell under Martin O'Neill.
Looking up: Unhappy Villa striker Emile Heskey may jump at a fresh challenge
£4m man: Tuncay
The forward has only started a handful of games in the second-half of the season at Villa Park and may see a move to the Potteries as the fresh challenge he needs to put his career back on track.
With John Carew and Gabriel Agbonlahor regarded as O'Neill's first-choice strike-force, a fee in excess of £2m should be sufficient to capture his services.
Meanwhile, Sunderland are interested in Stoke striker Tuncay.
The Turkey international has not enjoyed his time at Stoke and would be keen to leave with Sunderland looking to offer £4m.
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