Reds complete Henderson signing
Published 09/06/2011 | 20:22
Liverpool have completed the signing of midfielder Jordan Henderson from Sunderland.
Henderson has put pen to paper on what the Merseyside club have described as a "long-term deal", having agreed personal terms and visited the Reds' Melwood training complex on Wednesday before undergoing a medical.
The highly-rated 20-year-old has moved for an undisclosed fee, with reports suggesting it could be up to £20million. A statement on Liverpool's official website read: "Liverpool Football Club have completed the signing of Jordan Henderson after the 20-year-old passed a medical and agreed personal terms."
It added: "Henderson travelled to Merseyside on Wednesday after a fee was agreed with Sunderland. He then underwent a medical examination in Liverpool before signing a long-term deal.
"The midfielder has now joined the England Under-21 squad in Denmark as they prepare for the European Championships.
"Henderson's first game after completing his transfer is likely to be against Spain Under-21s on Sunday."
It had been thought Reds striker David Ngog might travel in the opposite direction as part of the transfer but for now the Frenchman remains at Anfield.
Henderson is Liverpool's first signing of the summer and - following the big-money captures of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in January - the third high-profile new recruit since Fenway Sports Group's takeover of the club and Kenny Dalglish's return as manager last season.
Although currently with Stuart Pearce's England Under-21s in Denmark, Henderson won his first senior international cap against France last November and his value has soared over the past year, despite a recent dip in form.