Liverpool clinch summer Voronin signing

February 18, 2007

Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin is set to join Liverpool in the summer.

The 27-year-old played for Bayer Leverkusen as they lost to Hannover 1-0 in Germany's Bundesliga today.

And after the match it was announced Voronin would be moving to Anfield at the end of the season, with a four-year deal having reportedly been agreed.

Voronin, who has scored six goals in 20 league appearances for Leverkusen so far this season, featured in the Ukraine team that reached the quarter-finals of last year's World Cup.

His transfer looks set to be the first agreed at Anfield since the club agreed a £470million takeover with American tycoons George Gillett and Tom Hicks earlier this month.

Voronin's arrival at Anfield would give Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez five options up front unless he opts to offload any of his current quartet of strikers.

Peter Crouch, Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt and Robbie Fowler have battled for the forward slots this season.

Meanwhile, John Arne Riise's agent Jan Kvalheim has spoken to the player about Sunday newspaper allegations of a bust-up between the Norway defender and Liverpool team-mate Craig Bellamy during a club break in Portugal.

The News of the World report allegations that Wales striker Bellamy clashed with Riise following a dispute during a night out in the Algarve resort of Vale do Lobo.

Kvalheim told Norwegian newspapers VG and Aften Posten that he has spoken to Riise and Liverpool but will be leaving any comment on the allegations to Liverpool.