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Liverpool Makes Defender Jose Enrique Fifth Offseason Signing

Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Liverpool signed Newcastle defender Jose Enrique, the 18-time English soccer champion said today on its website.

Enrique, 25, had one year remaining on his contract with Newcastle. He agreed to personal terms and passed a medical examination to become Liverpool’s fifth signing of the off-season.

“This is one of the happiest days of my life. I have come to one of the biggest clubs not just in England, but in the world. I am really, really happy,” he said in comments published on the team’s website. “They have won a lot of things including the Champions League. They have amazing players and I hope to win things here.”

Neither club disclosed the transfer fee. Media reports in the U.K. said Liverpool had paid around 6 million pounds ($9.8 million). That figure would take the Reds’ expenditure during the summer transfer period to about 50 million pounds.

The signing of Enrique follows the additions of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and reserve goalkeeper Alexander Doni.

“I am excited by the new signings - it shows Liverpool’s ambition,” Enrique said. “You can see they have big ambitions and that’s why I came here - because I want to win things and I think I can do that here.”

Liverpool opens the Premier League season tomorrow at home against Sunderland.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tariq Panja in London at tpanja@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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