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(CNN) — Uruguay World Cup striker Luis Suarez has passed his medical at Liverpool as football’s January transfer deadline day was set to be marked by a series of big-money moves.

While Suarez moves to Anfield from Dutch giants Ajax, much of Monday’s media interest centers on Chelsea’s bid to sign Liverpool’s current star striker Fernando Torres.

The Spain World Cup winner handed in a transfer request Saturday, which was immediately rejected by Liverpool with a statement on their official website saying he should “honor the commitment” he made when he signed a five-year contract in 2009.

Torres arrived for morning training Monday at the club’s Melwood facility with his future uncertain amid reports of a likely improved $75 million bid from reigning English Premier League champions Chelsea also including player exchanges.

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Speculation about his future intensified when British media widely reported that Liverpool made a new $56 million bid for Newcastle’s England international striker Andy Carroll, though that was apparently rejected.

Luis Suarez has successfully passed his medical and personal terms with the player have been agreed
–Liverpool FC statement

Suarez was Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s first major signing for a reported fee of around $30 million.

“Luis Suarez has successfully passed his medical and personal terms with the player have been agreed,” said a statement on the club’s official website.

The 24-year-old has scored 111 goals in 159 games for Ajax.

Dalglish insisted that he was not a replacement for Torres when he spoke with reporters Monday.

“We’ve not brought anyone in as a replacement for anyone else,” said the Scot.

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Another high-profile striker on the move Monday was Tottenham’s Robbie Keane, who has agreed a loan switch to London rivals West Ham until the end of this season.

The move is likely to become permanent should the Hammers, currently bottom of the EPL, avoid relegation to the second flight.

Manager Avram Grant said after the 3-2 FA Cup win Nottingham Forest that he hoped the Republic of Ireland international would provide the spark to get the club away from the drop zone.

“He is not just a good player, he is a good character that we need in the next 14 games,” the Israeli told the UK’s Press Association.

Tottenham, who face AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League next month, were linked with a bid for Atletico Madrid’s Sergio Aguero.

But the Argentina striker has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract extension with the Spanish side until 2014 and told the La Liga outfit’s official website: “I’m staying here because I want to.”

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Spurs manager Harry Redknapp would not confirm his interest in Aguero or other reported targets in Spain as he arrived for their training session Monday, but told Sky Sports that former England defender Jonathan Woodgate would not be leaving on loan.

Woodgate, who has returned to fitness after long-term injury, is needed as defensive cover after captain Michael Dawson was banned for three matches after being sent off in the 4-0 FA Cup defeat to Fulham, while fellow French center-back Younes Kaboul needs an operation, said Redknapp.

United States international midfielder Michael Bradley is headed to Aston Villa from German side Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until the end of this season.

Villa boss Gerard Houllier told reporters: “We’ve got to prepare for the future and Michael is 23 and a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals.”

Houllier also said that the club had received no bids for England winger Ashley Young.

Turkey international striker Tuncay Sanli confirmed on his personal website that he is in Germany for a switch from English Premier League side Stoke to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

On the club’s official website, Wolfsburg announced the arrival of attacking midfielders Koo Ja-Cheoul of South Korea and Venezuelan Yohandry Orozco.

The 21-year-old Koo — who scored five goals in six matches at the recent Asian Cup — signed a three-and-a-half-year deal from Korean side Jeju United, while 19-year-old Orozco signed from Venezuela’s Zulia FC until 2015.

Serie A leaders AC Milan confirmed on their website the signing of 34-year-old Italy defender Nicola Legrottaglie from league rivals Juventus, on a contract until June this year.

All transfer moves have to be completed by 2300 GMT Monday in the last chance for Europe’s top clubs to strengthen their squads for the rest of the season.


{REF:CNN}

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