Official: Pennant signs for Liverpool – 4 year deal

{mosimage}Liverpool’s official website has confirmed that winger Jermaine Pennant is now a Liverpool player. The statement on the website reads:

Paul Eaton 26 July 2006

Liverpool have today completed the signing of Jermaine Pennant from Birmingham on a four year contract.
The 23 year old right sided midfielder officially put pen to paper on his Anfield deal this afternoon after completing a medical.
He will fly out to Switzerland to join up with his new team-mates at their week long training camp.
Pennant’s arrival marks the end of manager Rafael Benitez’s long search to bring in a right winger and he could make his Reds’ debut against Kaiserslautern this weekend.
Pennant started his career with Notts County before moving to Arsenal for £2 million in 1999. He was unable to hold down a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s first team and had loan spells with Watford, Leeds United and Birmingham before completing a permanent move to St Andrews last summer.
He becomes Rafael Benitez’s fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Craig Bellamy, Mark Gonzalez, Fabio Aurelio and Gabriel Paletta.
Pennant will wear the number 16 shirt at Anfield.”

Welcome to Anfield Jermaine.