Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jovanovic arrives at Anfield

Roy Hodgson has made his first signing as Liverpool manager, bringing Serbian forward Milan Jovanvoic to the club on a free transfer from Standard Liege.

Liverpool have confirmed the Bosman signing of Serbia forward Milan Jovanovic on a three-year deal.
The 29-year-old joins the Merseyside club from Belgian club Standard Liege after weeks of speculation as to whether he would honour a pre-contract agreement signed when Rafael Benitez was still in charge.

Benitez has since been replaced by Roy Hodgson, but Jovanovic has kept his word and will now join the squad at their Switzerland pre-season training camp. The Serbian becomes Liverpool's first signing of the summer and the first under Roy Hodgson's reign.

Speaking to the official club website, Jovanovic said: "It is an honour for me to sign for one of the biggest clubs in football.
"I cannot wait to start working with the manager and I'm looking forward to joining up with my new teammates on our Swiss training camp."

Jovanovic is predominately left-footed and can play on the left-hand side of midfield or up front. The club's well-documented financial problems mean Liverpool supporters may have to get used to several low-key signings over the summer.

But Jovanovic will be hoping to shake off any possible 'bargain basement' label; interest from several Premier League clubs, as well as AC Milan, Valencia and Real Madrid, suggest he has been brought to the club on merit rather than not commanding a transfer fee for his services.

Hodgson and Liverpool supporters will be hoping he can replicate his Standard Liege form for his new club. He won Belgian Footballer of the Year in 2008 and was the league's top scorer in 2009. He also scored the winner for Serbia against Germany at this year's World Cup in an otherwise disappointing campaign.

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