Liverpool FC confirmed today that they have signed Senegal striker El Hadji Diouf from French club RC Lens, although the fee for the €15m-rated African is yet to be revealed.
The 21-year-old African Footballer of the Year displayed talents long admired by Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier on a world stage when terrorising the French defence throughout Senegal's amazing 1-0 defeat of the FIFA World Cup favourites in Seoul yesterday.
Ian Cotton, a spokesman for the FA Premiership club, said on Liverpool's official website: "We can confirm that El Hadji Diouf has now signed a five-year deal with Liverpool, which is wonderful news for everyone at the club. The Senegal striker will join up with his new team-mates when the squad report back for pre-season training in July."
'Best in the world'
Speaking in the Korean Republic, Diouf said yesterday: "I have signed for five years. It's definite. The next season, I'll be there. I am delighted to be joining Liverpool. I want to become one of the best players in the world and I'm sure that at Liverpool, with a coach like Gérard Houllier, I can do that."
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