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France defender Sakho leaves PSG for Liverpool

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-09-02

The 23-year-old France defender Mamadou Sakho completed a move to Liverpool from PSG on Monday, while the Premier League club also confirmed the capture of centre-back Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon and Chelsea’s Victor Moses on a season-long loan.

Liverpool have completed the signing of France international defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain, the Premier League club announced Monday.

The current Premier League leaders also confirmed a deal for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori on the final day of the summer transfer window, which closes at 23:00 GMT on Monday.

British media reported that Liverpool paid a combined fee of around £25m for the two players.The club completed a hat-trick of deadline day signings by also later securing winger Victor Moses on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Sakho, at 23 years old, has already played 14 times for his country since making his debut against England in 2010.

The centre-back captained PSG at the age of 17 and looked set for a long and illustrious career at Parc des Princes, only to fall out of favour following Carlo Ancelotti's appointment as coach in December 2011.

Despite Ancelotti being succeeded by Laurent Blanc earlier this year, Sakho found himself fourth-choice centre-back and arrives at Anfield determined to force his way into the France squad for next year's World Cup.

"My aim while I am here is to play in the Champions League with Liverpool," Sakho, who made 151 league appearances for PSG, scoring seven times, said.

"I remember their teams when they were in the competition when I was younger.

"The Champions League is a tournament that all the great clubs in Europe participate in and that's where we need to get to."

Ilori, a 20-year-old London-born centre-back who has represented Portugal at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, was also delighted to be at Anfield.

"It feels great being a Liverpool player - coming to the Premier League has always been a dream for me," he said.

The signings of Sakho and Ilori lifted the number of defenders signed by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers during the transfer window to four, although Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho missed Sunday's 1-0 win over Manchester United through injury.

Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates has already been ruled out for most of the season with a knee injury.

Liverpool's victory over United left them two points in front of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League and meant they were the only team in the division with a perfect record so far this season.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

Date created : 2013-09-02

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