Liverpool have sold Florent Sinama-Pongolle to Spanish outfit Recreativo Huelva, according to Huelva's website.
Pongolle, 22, has spent the season on loan there, scoring 11 goals, and now they have taken up their option to buy. The figure quoted on the Recreativo website is €4m, around £2.7m. He's signed a four-year-deal.
Recre's president, Francisco Mendoza, said: "Today is a very happy day for all those connected with Recreativo. We have all waited for this moment to see Sinama become a member of the club. The moment came because we made the most significant financial commitment in the 118-year history of this club."
Flo became a Red in 2001 when, along with Anthony Le Tallec, Gerard Houllier signed two players hyped up to be the next big things. Both had done well in under-18 internationals tournaments but Houllier decided to leave them in France on loan to Le Havre until summer 2003. Pongolle was the more promising of the two when he finally did arrive at Anfield full-time, but eventually went on loan to Blackburn for the tail-end of last season. It was whilst there that Pongolle made comments about how he never met any Liverpool fans in Liverpool, one of Everton's mantras, and in doing so made sure there really was no way back for him.
He's now happy with his new club, known in Spain as "The Dean" due to them being the oldest side in the country. He said: "I would like to thank the all the club officials and fans for the affection they have shown me since I arrived at Huelva."
According to the statement on the Recreativo official site, they had to fight off competition from other Spanish and European clubs for Sinama's services.
One memory of Pongolle that will live long in the memories of Liverpool fans is his goal in the Champions League match against Olympiakos in 2005. Liverpool needed three goals in the second half to stay in the competition, and Pongolle got one of those three, along with Neil Mellor and Steven Gerrard. The club of course went on to win the competition itself in Istanbul the following May.