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The BBC's Pat Murphy
"Gerard Houllier called in the marker he agreed with Leicester last year"
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Former England Under 21 coach Peter Taylor
"People will eventually say that 11m is cheap"
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Thursday, 9 March, 2000, 23:06 GMT
Liverpool agree fee for Heskey

Emile Heskey: A bright England prospect
Liverpool have agreed an 11m fee for Leicester striker Emile Heskey in a transfer bid that is likely to go ahead in the next 24 hours.

England's most expensive transfers
15m: Alan Shearer (Blackburn-Newcastle)
12.6m: Dwight Yorke (Villa-Man Utd)
11m: Emile Heskey (Leicester-Liverpool)
10.75m: Jaap Stam (PSV-Man Utd)
10.5m: Thierry Henry (Juventus-Arsenal)
10m: Chris Sutton (Blackburn-Chelsea)
The two clubs have agreed a deal and the England striker will travel to Liverpool on Thursday evening, with the intention of closing the deal on Friday.

Termed "the worst kept secret in football", Heskey has been courted by the Merseyside club for some time.

He could feasibly make his Anfield debut on Saturday against Sunderland - the team he scored against in Leicester's 5-2 home win last weekend.

Leicester boss Martin O'Neill had hoped that the lure of European football next season - guaranteed by the Foxes' Worthington Cup win last month - would persuade Heskey to stay and had gone as far as offering the player a lucrative new deal.

Liverpool were stalking the player when O'Neill sealed a 12-month extension to his contract last year, although it became increasingly clear that he was destined for a bigger stage than Filbert Street.

Talk of a move intensified after the 22-year-old produced two impressive displays at Wembley in the space of four days.

And it is known that the Leicester-born star is keen to play alongside England team-mate Michael Owen.

First came his full England debut against Argentina, followed by the Foxes' second League Cup success in four years when they triumphed over Tranmere 2-1.

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