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Winger Pennant moves to Liverpool

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Pennant's pace and crossing accuracy have sealed a move to Liverpool.

LONDON, England -- Liverpool have completed the signing of Birmingham winger Jermaine Pennant for £6m ($11.1million).

Pennant, 23, has signed a four-year deal and will link-up with his new teammates on their tour of Switzerland.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez finally moved for Pennant after having several offers rejected for Sevilla's Brazilian star Daniel Alves.

The former Arsenal player becomes Benitez's fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Craig Bellamy, Fabio Aurelio, Gabriel Paletta and Mark Gonzalez.

Pennant, who became the most expensive teenager in British football when he joined Arsenal from Notts County for £2m in 1999, believes the move to his boyhood idols can help him break into the England squad.

He told Liverpool's website: "I've dreamt about this since I was a little boy so to actually be here and to be able to wear a Liverpool shirt and play at Anfield is a dream come true.

"This is the only club I would have wanted to sign for. There's always a doubt in your mind as to whether or not it will happen because you don't know if the clubs will agree a transfer fee but I just stayed positive and believed it would happen for me.

"Moving to Liverpool will only help my England ambitions. Playing with players of the quality at this club can only be good for my career. I couldn't be more excited."

Meanwhile, Benitez is also reported to be making another attempt to sign Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt.

Feyenoord have already turned down two Liverpool offers for Kuyt, believed to have involved cash plus defender Jan Kromkamp and goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, but Benitez is ready to make an improved bid.

Greek striker Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, 20, is also set to sign from PAOK Salonika after impressing during a trial at Anfield, according to reports in Greece.

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