Liverpool have completed the signing of Chelsea FC forward Victor Moses on a season-long loan worth about £1m.
The 22-year-old Nigeria international, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Wigan Athletics in 2012 for a fee reported to be about £9m, watched the Merseyside outfit 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Anfield from the directors’ box on Sunday, as were Paris St-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho, 23, and Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori, 20 whose deals were sealed for a combined £25m.
He made 23 league appearances last season, scoring one goal, but has not featured for coach Jose Mourinho’s men this season.
I’m delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool… Victor Moses told Liverpool’s Official Website.
“The most important thing is for me to be professional about it and I’m here to do a job for the club.
“The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League- and I’m delighted to be here.”
West Brom, Stoke city and Wigan Athletics were also interested in the former Crystal Player but Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, has convinced the Nigerian of regular appearances in his short spell ahead of 2014 World Cup.
It is expected that Liverpool’s signing of Moses paves way for Sunderland to land out-of-favour striker Fabio Borini on loan.
Liverpool also confirmed the signing of Nigerian-born defender Ilori. The fee and the length of his contract have been said to worth £6.7m.
“It feels great being a Liverpool player- coming to the Premier League has always been a dream for me,” Ilori told Liverpool website.
“I’m going to try and achieve everything I can. I want to play as much as possible and we’ll see what the future holds. I will give my all and try my best to help the team.”
Sakho, who has 14 France caps, will cost Liverpool around £18m, becoming Rodgers’ expensive signing of the summer.
With Sebastiean Coates ruled out for most of the season while Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho are also injured it was very imperative Liverpool sign a defender.
Sakho told the club’s website: “I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. I’m really looking forward to playing my first game.”
Rodgers has now signed eight players this summer following the recruitment of Toure, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Aly Cissokho.