Liverpool confirm Bellamy signature

Liverpool have completed a shock deal to bring temperamental striker Craig Bellamy back to Anfield, beating Premier League rivals Tottenham to the Wales international’s signature.

The 32-year-old played for The Reds in the 2006-07 season, scoring seven goals in 27 appearances for the Merseyside club.

Bellamy has found first team opportunities non-existent under Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and spent last season out on loan at Cardiff City.

A statement on Liverpool’s official website confirmed the deal, with the attacker believed to have signed on a two-year deal.

Bellamy will wear the number 39 jersey, and is thought to have chosen Kenny Dalglish’s men over Spurs, who made a last ditch attempt to bring him to White Hart Lane.

The former Celtic striker will replace outgoing David N’Gog, who has signed for Bolton for a fee of £4.5 million. As expected, Joe Cole also left Anfield to join French champions Lille on a one-year loan deal.

Liverpool have also finalised the capture of Uruguay international central defender Sebastian Coates from Nacional, who was convinced to move to England by countryman Luis Suarez.

“Luis told me a lot about Liverpool – but about the fans more than anything else. I saw that myself on Saturday when the fans really got behind their side against Bolton and that was great to see,” the 20-year-old told the club’s official website.

“Luis also told me about the history and the tradition of the club and now I feel very happy and excited to be here because I have left one great club in Nacional and signed for another great club with a fantastic history,” he concluded.

Coates was a key member of Uruguay’s team that won the Copa America earlier in the summer.