Liverpool make Henderson first buy of a busy summer
Liverpool agreed a deal to buy Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson yesterday. The 20-year-old midfielder will cost £20m, including David N'Gog's transfer to the Stadium of Light.
A statement from the Anfield club yesterday announced that Henderson would undergo a medical on Merseyside after a fee had been agreed, and Sunderland confirmed that Henderson was headed for Liverpool “with the club's blessing”.
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn later praised Henderson's character and suggested the fee from Liverpool would be reinvested.
“Jordan is a credit to himself, his family and Sunderland's Academy and everyone here wishes him the very best for the future,” Quinn said. “I am pleased that we got the deal to a level that we felt was right for our club.
“We know the areas that need strengthening and the type of player we need in order to progress and the job of bringing those players to the club is continuing at a pace.”
Henderson, who was born and brought up in Sunderland, made his debut in November 2008 before a loan spell at Coventry City later that season. Last season he made 39 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals.
His good form this year led to his England debut, in the 2-1 friendly defeat to France last November.
That is his one senior cap to date, but he will be an important part of Stuart Pearce's squad for this month's European Under-21 Championship.
The purchase of Henderson is the first move of what may be a busy summer for Liverpool.
As with January's £35m purchase of Andy Carroll, Henderson represents the club's enthusiasm for young English talent. They were interested in Phil Jones before his move to Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani’s agent has denied reports in Italy that his client has been approached by AC Milan.
The Italy midfielder spent this season on loan at Juventus from Liverpool but the Turin giants have yet to confirm if they will sign the 26-year-old on a permanent basis.
Milan are looking to reinforce their midfield line following the departure of Andrea Pirlo to Juve and reports in Italy have strongly linked Aquilani to the San Siro outfit this summer.
“I can say that I am not aware of any interest from AC Milan,” said Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia. “They are just rumours and we have had no contact with Milan.
Aquilani joined Liverpool in 2009 and has three years left on his contract.