After medicals for Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori were completed on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool shifted their focus to securing the loan signing of Chelsea winger Victor Moses, and now The Guardian has the two clubs agreeing a deal that will see the Nigerian international spend the season on Merseyside, with a £1m loan fee agreed and no option for Liverpool to extend the deal on a permanent basis after the 2013-2014 campaign is up.
That's an altered version of the terms previously discussed, with Liverpool holding firm in the past that they wouldn't meet Chelsea's £2m demands. They had also apparently been in search of an option to purchase the player after the loan deal was up, which made sense given the fact that Moses is still relatively young and, despite not having a spot in Chelsea's crowded first team setup, someone who's capable of flourishing in the top flight.
In an ideal world Liverpool would have been able to bring him aboard on wages only to go along with a chance to buy him at season's end, but given the timing--and relative lack of other attacking talent linked with the club at this point in the transfer window--it's not surprising that they had to settle for terms that weren't what they were hoping for. It's disappointing in that regard, but as far as Moses is concerned it's a boost that Brendan Rodgers and his squad were in need of.
We can point to flashier names, and it might be easy enough to dwell on the terms of the loan that saw Liverpool compromise what had initially been a more beneficial stance for the longer-term, but the reality appears to be that after bolstering their ranks in defense earlier in the day, the club have now strengthened in attack with Moses coming aboard. That's a good thing.