He said: "I've always liked Emile. He has been given a hard time but it is nice to see an English team whack the ball up to a centre-forward to head down for the little striker to score.
"It still works, though. Funny, eh?
"Emile has been hard-done-by in this country. If he became available he'd certainly be a player I am interested in.
"Emile is a man-mountain and when he uses his strength, weight and height there are not many who can stop him.
"Russia and Israel found that out the other day."