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Rafa confirms striker exits

07 Jul 2007 - 18:51:33

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says that strike duo Craig Bellamy and Djibril Cisse have both sealed their exits from Anfield, heading to West Ham and Marseille respectively.

Wales international Bellamy is reported to have cost the Hammers around £8million, having been jettisoned by Benitez after just one season with the Reds.

The 27-year-old scored nine times in 42 outings last season, but was allowed to leave following the club record arrival of Fernando Torres from Atletico Madrid.

However, Liverpool coach Benitez has so far been thwarted in his efforts to land Irons midfielder Yossi Benayoun as part of a swap deal.

He confirmed: "The deal for Bellamy is completed.

"Any move for Benayoun to join us from West Ham will not be linked with the Bellamy sale. We have made an offer which has been rejected.

"He is a player I like and would want to sign and I believe he wants to join us, but that deal will be separate now. We will have to wait and see what happens now."

Meanwhile, France international Cisse has joined Marseille on a permanent basis after spending last season on loan at the Stade Velodrome.

The 25-year-old cost Liverpool £14million when he joined from Auxerre in the summer of 2004, but fell out of favour under Benitez.

In total he scored 24 goals in 78 appearances for the Merseysiders, but he now links up with another former Liverpool man, Bolo Zenden, at Marseille.


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