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Tranmere 19:00 Liverpool

Reds pounce for Poulsen

Danish midfielder agrees Anfield switch

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 12/08/10 10:30am

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Poulsen: Anfield arrival

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Christian Poulsen from Juventus for an initial £4.5million.

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The Reds have been tracking the Denmark international for some time, having identified a holding midfielder as a top priority this summer.

With Javier Mascherano seemingly destined to depart Anfield in the near future, with Inter Milan keen on the Argentina captain, it was essential Roy Hodgson drafted in a replacement.

Poulsen is that man, and the 30-year-old has now made a move to Merseyside.

The former Schalke and Sevilla man jetted into England on Wednesday to undergo a medical and put the finishing touches to the switch.

Instalments

Juventus and Liverpool have now confirmed that a deal has been struck, with the transfer fee set at €5.475million (£4.5m).

Payment from Liverpool is due in two instalments, with €2.725million (£2.2m) to be paid up front and €2.75million (£2.3m) on 1st July 2011.

The agreement could end up costing the Reds a further €1.2million (£987,000), dependent on Poulsen meeting certain criteria during his time with the club.

The deal sees Poulsen reunited with Hodgson 10 years after he gave him his big break while on the books of FC Copenhagen.

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