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Lee Bowyer’s move to Liverpool has stalled after a second day of talks left the transfer unresolved.

Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier had already agreed a £9million fee with the Yorkshire club and had offered the 25-year-old a contract worth about œ35,000 per week – more than double his current salary of £17,000. However, Bowyer is understood to be holding out for more money.

“The position at the moment is that talks with the player are still ongoing,” said Liverpool club spokesman Ian Cotton.

Leeds agreed to sell Bowyer after the player informed new Elland Road boss Terry Venables that he would not be signing a fresh contract with the club.

‘We’ve given Lee permission to talk to Liverpool,” Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale confirmed yesterday.

“Terry Venables did have a chat with Lee, but his agent called to say nothing has changed.

“Liverpool have made an offer that’s acceptable to us and the rest is now in Lee’s hands.

“How quickly the deal goes through is now up to him and Liverpool to agree personal terms and go through the medical.”

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