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Striker move a no brainer, says Comolli
Published : 01 Sep 2011 12:00:16Rss feed
Liverpool rushed to sign Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy once David Ngog joined Bolton, says director of football Damien Comolli.
Reds chief Comolli admitted that he and manager Kenny Dalglish were well aware of the Manchester City star's availability and it was just a question of timing.But once Ngog finalised his £4m switch to Bolton, Dalglish moved swiftly to make arrangements for the Wales international to fly to Anfield for a medical and he signed a two-year contract with Liverpool on Wednesday night ahead of the transfer deadline.
Comolli said: "Craig is someone we targeted a long time ago as you can imagine. He's not a discovery for anybody, we know the quality of the player."It was a question of timing and once a fee was agreed with Bolton we spoke to Craig straightaway because we knew he had an agreement with Manchester City that he could leave the club.
"Both for Kenny and I it was a no-brainer and Kenny had a long conversation with Craig on Wednesday morning and we organised for him to come here."I think everyone knows how good a player he is. He has pace, he's a good finisher, he works hard and the timing of his runs is second to none."His work-rate is really good and what we really liked is the fact he is so versatile. He can play wide, he can play up front, he can play off the target man, so he is an ideal complement to the squad we have built during the summer."
Bellamy spent one season at Liverpool in 2006/07 before leaving for West Ham and he rejected a switch to Queens Park Rangers in favour of returning to Anfield.
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