Liverpool transfers: Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas completes Reds switch

Liverpool transfers: The Reds confirm the signing of Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas for a reported £7m fee

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Iago Aspas is Brendan Rodgers' third signing of the summer Photo: Back Page Images

Liverpool have confirmed the capture of Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas after the completion of paperwork which had initially delayed the reported £7m deal.

The 25-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the 18-time English champions, subject to international clearance, after successfully completing a medical at the club’s Melwood training ground.

Aspas scored 12 goals and made seven assists in 34 La Liga appearances for Celta Vigo last season, and the uncapped Spaniard becomes Brendan Rodgers’ third summer signing.

On Saturday, the Reds boss spoke about the imminent arrival of Aspas after securing deals for Kolo Toure and Luis Alberto in recent weeks.

“Iago Aspas was one of the stars for Celta Vigo. He’s a goal-scorer, he’s quick, dynamic, aggressive in his game and has a winning mentality,” Rodgers told talkSPORT.

“I feel these are the types of players that can come into Liverpool and keep our momentum moving forward. Players that are hungry to succeed, because that’s important for us.

“We have to bring in players that are willing to fight for the shirt and these players are very much hungry to do that.”

Earlier this month, Aspas insisted he was not being signed as a replacement for Real Madrid target Luis Suárez.

“Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am going there to take an important step in my career, not to be a replacement for anyone,” Aspas told the Daily Mirror.

“I think it is time for me to take the next step in my career and Liverpool can help me do that. I have confidence in my ability to move forward and to grow as a player.

“I described the move as emotional for me because it is such a big club and it means I’ve reached another level. But I am calm because I feel I am ready. I want to show that I am capable of playing at the level of this huge club.

“I am excited to be going to England, I want to play in the Premier League. And I hope I will be helped to settle there by all the Spanish speakers at the club, including Luis Suárez.”

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