Former England striker Emile Heskey has reportedly agreed to terms on a $1 million one-year deal with the Newcastle Jets.
The contract is subject to Heskey passing a medical, which should be a formality, and the 34-year-old target man could be in Newcastle by next week.
The Jets are yet to confirm the deal but Hunter Sports Group chief executive Troy Palmer and Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby are in England where they are believed to have delivered the offer over the weekend.
Heskey’s Nottingham-based agent Struan Marshall, of Wasserman Media Group, confirmed that the club was in talks but would not comment further.
Heskey would replace Jason Culina, who didn’t play a game due to a knee injury, as the Jets marquee player. Culina and the club agreed to mutually terminate his contract in June. The salary of a marquee player is not included in the $2.45 million salary cap.
The former England international, who has scored 11 goals in 62 games for his country – would be the highest paid player in the club’s history.
A free agent since he was released by English Premier League club Aston Villa in May, Heskey had been linked to a return to his former club Liverpool and had also received interest from Stoke, Norwich and Spanish club Espanyol.
At the height of his career, Heskey made an £11 million move in 2000 from Leicester to Liverpool, where he scored 60 goals in 223 games in all competitions.
He went on to play with Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and then finally with Villa, with whom he played 28 games last season.
He played for England at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups and the European Championships in 2000 and 2004.