Liverpool accept Leonhardsen bid

Oyvind Leonhardsen today revealed his "search for success'' made him leave Wimbledon for Anfield.

Lifelong Reds fan Leonhardsen claimed he made his mind up to sign for Liverpool within 24 hours of the first official approach.

He joined fellow Norway internationals Stig Inge Bjornebye and Bjorn Kvarme at the club and is hoping the trio can bring success to Merseyside.

"I think it's the right time for me to take this big step for my future,'' explained Leonhardsen, who moved to Anfield for a £4million fee. 

"I  think I am approaching my prime and have always said I wanted to play for a club who will be in the hunt for trophies and playing in Europe. It's a big move to a big club but one I have looked forward to.

"I had some great times at Wimbledon but they are only a small club. I said when I first signed for them that one day I wanted to go to a big club and they said they understood. This is a great chance for me and I am looking forward to it.''

The deal for the 26-year-old was finalised quickly before Leonhardsen jetted off to team up with the Norway squad.

He added: "Stig Bjornebye and Bjorn Kvarme are two great mates of mine. We all won trophies together at Rosenborg and I hope we can have the same kind of success at Liverpool.

"There were approaches from other clubs but when I found out Liverpool were in for me I decided straightaway that was who I wanted to join.

"I supported them as a kid, since I was eight or nine years old. It's a boyhood dream come true as my favourite players were always Kenny Dalglish and Kevin Keegan.''

Leonhardsen is expected to earn his 52nd cap for Norway in the World Cup.

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