Liverpool made their transfer signing of former Celta Vigo star Iago Aspas official, a move that marks the second new player coming to Anfield to join Brendan Rodgers' lineup next season.
UPDATE: Sunday, June 23, at 3:10 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
The club have officially announced that all of the paperwork is done and that Iago Aspas has joined the Reds.
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Per the full report, the deal has been agreed to in principle between the two clubs concerning the emerging star, with a few minor paperwork details still being worked out.
Terms of the transfer fee were not readily available on the official website, but the number that has been floating around is £7.7 million, a figure Andy Hunter of The Guardian posted as anticipation surrounding the move thickened earlier in the week.
The Reds have been linked to the 25-year-old forward quite frequently during the opening weeks of the transfer window, as his playmaking and strong leg at Celta Vigo quickly caught the eye of Liverpool bosses and Rodgers alike.
As reported on Wednesday by Neil Jones of Liverpool Echo Sports, Aspas was flown in for a medical but left without confirming that his move had been completed:
Update on Iago Aspas. The player has returned to Spain. Told Radio Galego: "I am happy, but won't speak until (the move) is official."— Neil Jones (@neiljonesecho) June 12, 2013
In a similar report from ESPNFC.com, it was reported that no snag had been met between the framework of a deal, even though he left Anfield without an official place inside the Reds' locker room. Aspas and his brother/agent Jonathan dispelled that theory, and Aspas was reportedly "excited" about the impending move.
That falls in line with his recent comments about his future—Aspas told Marca (via Sky Sports) earlier in the month that he did not hesitate when he first heard about Liverpool's interest in his services.
Aspas, who was profiled as a poor man's Luis Suarez by Bleacher Report's Allan Jiang earlier in June, will try to make a smooth adjustment to the English Premier League and continue to improve upon his goal-scoring marks from the last few seasons.
Starting with Celta Vigo's junior ranks, Aspas worked his way up through the youth system training program and cracked the big squad in 2008, when he played in three matches and found the net twice.
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He continued that progress in the Segunda Division for the next three seasons, including a 2011-12 campaign that saw him net 23 goals while earning Zarra Trophy and Best Forward honors in Segunda play.
With Celta Vigo's move to La Liga during the 2012-13 season, Aspas had 12 goals and seven assists in 34 league matches, and was directly involved in 51 percent of his team's goals. The club dealt with relegation for most of last season—per LiverpoolFC.com—but managed to end on a high note by winning two straight league matches and avoiding the La Liga cut line, per Sid Lowe of The Guardian.
Last season marked the most matches and goals so far in the young Spanish star's career, and it will be interesting to see if he's coming to Anfield as a potential replacement for Suarez's production, or an asset to the current side's lineup.
Aspas joins Kolo Toure as the second new Red to make the move to Anfield during the first few weeks of the summer transfer window.