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Monday 24 June 2013

Joining Liverpool an easy decision, says Aspas

The versatile 25-year-old arrives at Anfield following seven seasons in Spanish football

  • Iago Aspas is welcomed to Liverpool by managing director Ian Ayre. Photos ©LFC

  • Aspas is the Reds' second Spanish signing of the summer after Luis Alberto's arrival

  • Aspas, right, scored 12 goals for Celta Vigo last season

Liverpool have signed their second Spanish player in as many days after completing the transfer of striker Iago Aspas, subject to international clearance.

The 25-year-old Celta Vigo forward has agreed terms on a long-term deal after passing a medical at Melwood training ground and becomes the club's third arrival of the summer following deals for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and compatriot Luis Alberto from Sevilla.

"A massive club like Liverpool was always my first choice"
Iago Aspas

Aspas, who has been at the Spanish club for seven seasons, was top Spanish scorer in the Segunda Division as Celta earned promotion to the Primera Liga in the 2011/12 campaign.

The tenacious and versatile forward who, like Alberto, can play through the middle or out wide, scored 12 goals and gave seven assists in 34 Liga appearances to help the club avoid relegation last season.

"It wasn't a tough decision at all," Aspas told "I'm really happy to have come to a big club like this one. Having weighed up all my options for this window, a massive club like Liverpool was always my first choice."

"I've not had the chance to talk with the manager at any length just yet but good players can slot into any role and not just one set position.

"I don't know a huge amount [about Liverpool] but I've learned things from watching them on TV and of course I know all about the last two Champions League finals having seen them live on TV.”

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Key Points

  • Liverpool sign Spaniard Iago Aspas for an undisclosed fee subject to international clearance
  • The 25-year-old joins from Celta Vigo after agreeing a long-term deal
  • Adaptable forward can play both through the middle or out wide
Tags: Liverpool