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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Charlton secure Murphy deal
Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has joined Charlton
Charlton stepped in when Murphy turned down Tottenham
Charlton have signed Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy for 2.5m on a four-year contract.

Addicks boss Alan Curbishley stepped in to sign Murphy after a proposed move to Tottenham broke down.

Curbishley said: "We've been tracking Danny for some time but he only became available last week.

"Although he was publicly linked with other clubs we were always confident we would sign Danny," Curbishley told Charlton's official website.

But Murphy was quick to deny he opted for Charlton after Tottenham refused to guarantee him first-team football.

Charlton swooped to sign the 2.5m Liverpool midfielder after a move to Spurs broke down.

But Murphy said: "I didn't make any demands to Spurs, and I don't know why they said what they did. I made my decision for my reasons.

"It's yesterday's news as far as I'm concerned. I've made the decision, what they do now is up to them."

A delighted Curbishley said: "The fact he has chosen to come here over a number of other Premiership clubs is an endorsement of what we are trying to achieve at Charlton.

"I also believe the fact that Charlton have signed an England international from one of this country's biggest clubs shows our tactics in the transfer market are paying off.

"We have remained patient and stayed focused on bringing in the type and quality of player we have always felt we needed."

The 27-year-old began his career under the gaze of Dario Gradi at Crewe before moving to Liverpool for 3m in July 1997.

During his time at Anfield, the cultured midfielder won nine caps for England, and scored one goal for his country.

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