Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Andy Carroll from Newcastle on a five-and-a-half-year deal for a club-record fee.
The 22-year-old has moved for a fee believed to be in the region of £35m after passing a medical at the club’s Melwood training ground this evening.
Carroll will wear the number nine shirt vacated by Fernando Torres, who is on the verge of completing another record-breaking £50m transfer to Chelsea.
Confirmation of his signing means the Reds’ transfer record has been broken twice in the space of a few hours after a £22.8m deal for Ajax forward Luis Suarez was finalised earlier in the evening.
Liverpool made their shock move for Carroll earlier today after accepting Chelsea's offer for Torres, having rejected a 35m bid late last week.
Their first approach, for £30m, was knocked back by the Magpies and although they stalled on the improved offer Carroll put in a transfer request and the club decided to accept.
He then raced over to Merseyside to complete his medical, agree personal terms and sign the paperwork – which was all completed just minutes before the 11pm deadline.