Date: 30th August 2012 at 9:27pm
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Liverpool have this evening confirmed both the capture of young German forward Samed Yesil and the departure of Andy Carroll…

Promising 18-year-old striker Samed Yesil has signed for Liverpool in a £1m transfer from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

The player, who passed a medical earlier today, is quoted by Liverpoolfc.com as describing the move as a ‘dream’.

“The first thing is that I have to train and then in one or two years I hope, step by step, to be in the first team,” commented Yesil.

“It is my dream to play for Liverpool and I will give my all.”

Yesil has a great record in youth internationals with 22 goals in 26 appearances to date for Germany at U16, U17 and U18 level.

Six of those goals came during last summer’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Mexico where he finished as the tournament’s second top scorer.

During his time at Leverkusen Yesil, who is of Turkish descent, managed four appearances for a team now manager by former Reds centre-back Sami Hyppia.

News of the signing was shortly followed by the confirmation that Andy Carroll has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan deal.

A short statement on the club’s official website read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm that Andy Carroll has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan.

“The striker will spend the whole of 2012-13 with Sam Allardyce’s team.”

Speculation over Carroll’s future has been rife all summer and when news broke earlier that he had been left out of the squad to face Hearts tonight a move away had clearly become only a matter of time.

The temporary switch has the option of a permanent £17m transfer at the end of the season should all parties agree.

Carroll commented to the official West Ham website: “It’s great to be here at West Ham and all signed up – I just can’t wait to get started now.

“I want to be playing games and obviously hoping to score some goals. I know the manager well and some of the lads, so it is nice for me to come to a place where I know people.”

Vital Verdict
Carroll’s departure was widely expected but the nature of the club he has joined and the fact it is, initially at least, on loan are a little surprisingly. The move would suggest Brendan Rodgers has established replacements lined up because we are short on numbers up front and the likes of Yesil and prolific youth striker Adam Morgan are clearly players for the future and not the present.

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