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Liverpool move always my main goal – Aspas


New Liverpool signing Iago Aspas

New Liverpool signing Iago Aspas

New Liverpool signing Iago Aspas

NEW signing Iago Aspas insists Liverpool was always his first-choice destination and choosing the Reds over others was an easy decision.

The 25-year-old became Brendan Rodgers' third summer arrival once personal issues with his agents were sorted out over the weekend. "It wasn't a tough decision at all. I'm really happy to have come to a big club like this one," he said. "Having weighed up all my options for this window, a massive club like Liverpool was always my first choice."

Aspas scored 12 goals in 34 league matches as Celta Vigo avoided relegation on the last day of the season.

By then Liverpool already had a £7.7million deal lined up.

Aspas will join Manchester City defender Kolo Toure and Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto in being officially registered, subject to international clearance, when the transfer window formally opens.

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is set to follow this week after the two clubs agreed a fee, believed to be worth a total of more than £11m, on Friday.

p Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has given his backing to a £260million regeneration plan of the wider Anfield area which includes the club's stadium redevelopment proposals.

A consortium which is being led by Liverpool City Council with support from Your Housing Group and the club has unveiled a vision to transform the area which includes the Reds' ground.