Liverpool Tempted by £8m Babel Swap: Flop For Wing Wizard Exchange

A deal that could well get the green light from Rafa.

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Liverpool are closely monitoring Hamburg winger Eljero Elia, according to reports in German newspaper Bild.

The attacking Dutchman has pace to burn, and with Benitez keen to add some depth to his thread-bare forward line, Elia could well fit the bill for the Reds.

The 22-year-old scored for Holland in the World Cup qualifier at Scotland earlier in the year, and moved to Hamburg from FC Twente in the summer for an undisclosed fee believed to be around the €9 million mark.

His current deal at HSV runs until 2014, and the German side are unlikely to let Elia leave on the cheap to Anfield.

However, Bild suggests that Ryan Babel could be involved in some kind of swap deal as Liverpool attempt to bring the HSV asking price down. (Bild-Give Me Football)

Eljero Elia is one of the hottest prospects in Europe with the 22 year old settling well into life in the Bundesliga after leaving Steve McClaren’s FC Twente. The winger is well known to Scotland fans as he was the man who ended their World Cup hopes with that last minute winner that left George Burley’s side out of the running.

Elia is a quick, intelligent and effective player and if any move for his services could be paid off with Ryan Babel going in the other direction then I am sure that Rafa Benitez and Liverpool supporters would jump at the chance. Babel has been a big disappointment at Anfield and is running out of second chances.

Its a deal that would work well for the Merseyside outfit given their current financial constraints and this source suggests that it could well be a goer.

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