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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 August, 2003, 16:39 GMT 17:39 UK
Lyon reject Heskey offer
Liverpool striker Emile Heskey
Heskey was on target nine times for Liverpool last season
Lyon turned down the chance to sign Emile Heskey after refusing to meet Liverpool's 11m asking price.

The French side were reportedly offered Heskey's services but wanted to take him on a season-long loan rather than in a permanent deal.

However, Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is believed to have wanted a straight cash transaction so the move fell through.

"We were indeed interested by Emile Heskey but we wanted a loan," Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas told L'Equipe.

"We accepted to pay the player's whole wages. But we thought a lot about why Gerard Houllier wanted to let such a player go."

Houllier has since backed Heskey and assured the 25-year-old that he had a future at Anfield.

The England international has been in good form during Liverpool's pre-season campaign.

But Heskey will under pressure to improve on last season's goal haul when he scored only nine goals in 51 appearances for Liverpool.






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