Aston Villa are on the verge of sealing the capture of Wigan Athletic striker Emile Heskey after agreeing a £3.5million fee for the 31-year-old former Liverpool, Birmingham City and Leicester City star.
Villa are now discussing personal terms with Heskey, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Villa boss Martin O'Neill, who worked with the England international at Leicester City, said of his time with the Foxes: "We were desperately disappointed when he moved, but he said he wanted to go and play with Michael Owen at Liverpool, but he did his part for Leicester.
"He signed a new contract and we eventually got £11million for him when he could easily have gone and played abroad for a year, because of his age and the rules at that time, and we wouldn't have got any money. He played fairly by Leicester.
"Of course, I've kept an eye on Emile's career. Something levelled at Emile is that he doesn't score enough goals and I'm sure he probably thinks exactly the same.
"But it doesn't mean he hasn't made a massive difference in other areas.
"Confidence is always a big thing with Emile. When his confidence is high, he is always a player."
Heskey has scored 16 goals in 89 appearances for Wigan since his arrival from Birmingham City in the summer of 2006.