Craig Bellamy returned to Liverpool last night in one of the shock transfers of the summer transfer window, The Daily Mail reports.
The Wales striker becomes Reds manager Kenny Dalglish’s seventh summer signing and returns to the club he left in 2007 following one controversial season with the Reds. Bellamy signs on a two-year deal and on a free transfer from Manchester City.
Dalglish sees the fiery Welshman as cover for the first choice strike partnership of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez and Bellamy is more than happy to return to the club he supported as a child. Bellamy’s previous stint at Anfield was marred by an incident with teammate John Arne Riise and a golf club and those off-field issues saw him fall out of favour with then-Reds boss Rafa Benitez.
Bellamy will wear the number 39 shirt and is said to be delighted that Liverpool have given him the chance to prove he can still perform at the top level of English football.
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Chelsea buy Meireles.
Raul Meireles secured one of the late deals on transfer deadline day by moving from Liverpool to Chelsea in a £12m move, The Telegraph reports.
The Portuguese international handed in a transfer request at Anfield and agreed a four year deal at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas spent a month with Meireles last summer before the 28 year old moved to Liverpool from Porto for £11.7m and the impression the former Porto boss had on Meireles was lasting.
Meireles made 44 appearances for Liverpool and had a magnificent opening season with the Reds, but did not fit into Reds boss Kenny Dalglish’s plans for the new season. The Portuguese midfielder is also said to be unhappy at the club’s reluctance to improve his salary and Chelsea have swooped to bring Meireles to Liverpool, where he will link up with former teammate Fernando Torres.
Jelavic bid rejected.
The Sun sensationally reports that Liverpool failed in a deadline day offer for Rangers’ star Nikica Jelavic.
Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish was hoping to land the Croatian forward ahead of Championship side Leicester City and placed two bids, one a loan offer and one a solid offer of around £8m for the striker. Rangers dismissed the offer and told Liverpool that they would not sell, no matter what the price was.
Jelavic was the target of an offer from the Reds after they lost attacking options in the form of David N’Gog to Bolton, Raul Meireles to Chelsea and Joe Cole to French side Lille all on the transfer deadline day. Jelavic would have been used as a backup to main strikers Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll, but a move could not be agreed.
Liverpool may return in January for the Croatian forward and they could look to increase their personal valuation of the player to test Rangers on whether they would sell the player.