Tuesday, January 10 – 1978
Liverpool smashed another transfer record yesterday when they bought Graeme Souness from Middlesbrough for £352,000. Their outlay on the talented Scottish midfield man they have pursued for six weeks represents a new record cash deal between English clubs.
Liverpool already hold the records for incoming and outgoing British transfers with their £500,000 sale of Kevin Keegan to Hamburg and the £440,000 purchase of Kenny Dalglish. And their latest bid for 24-year-old Souness finally landed their man after Middlesbrough had said they were not ready to sell until the end of the season.
The officials of the two clubs met in the empty ballroom of the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds in the morning. Souness, who was still in the North-East expecting to play for Middlesbrough reserves against Lincoln last night, was sent for immediately after the clubs came to a quick agreement.
Liverpool manager Bob Paisley said: “He will make his debut for us at West Bromwich on Saturday and he will be used in the central midfield position.”
(Daily Mail, 11-01-1978)