Leeds agree fee for Barmby
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur star, is currently out of the first team at Anfield, and was inevitably linked with a move to Yorkshire after the arrival of Terry Venables at Elland Road.
Venables coached Barmby during his stint at White Hart Lane and also called-up the Hull-born ace for England's Euro 96 campaign whilst in charge of the national team.
Despite mainly being a squad player during his time at The Reds following a £6 million from Goodison Park, the 28-year-old could well be a regular starter for The Whites on the left-side of midfield after Venables revealed Harry Kewell will move into a more central role.
Barmby is expected to hold talks with the Elland Road outfit this evening (Tuesday) and undergo a medical on Wednesday, with the club hoping to unveil the player on Thursday.
Despite not making Sven Goran Eriksson's squad for the World Cup in Korea and Japan, Barmby scored the first goal under the new national manager in England's 3-0 win over Spain at Villa Park in February 2001.
Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale was clearly delighted with the impending arrival saying: "It's good news, assuming he (Barmby) passes a medical and we agree personal terms.
"The agreement with Liverpool was finalised on Tuesday afternoon and Nick is coming over. He is someone who Terry has admired.
"We agreed when we offered Terry the job that he could bring in two or three players that he wanted. He told me who they are and this is obviously the first of what might be a couple of signings before the season starts.
"Fingers crossed, we hope to have him signed by Thursday morning, but obviously I can't speculate on how well the medical will go. I am due to meet his agent tomorrow before we play Rangers in a friendly match."