Liverpool Plan Tempting £13m Swap Deal: Babel Could be Used as Makeweight in Ruiz Bid

Anfield boss keen on Costa Rican hotshot.

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Jan. 31, 2010 - Enschede, Netherlands - epa02013186 FC Twente payer Bryan Ruiz celebrates after scoring against Roda JC during the Dutch permier league soccer match, FC Twente vs Roda JC, in Enschede, the Netherlands, on 31 January 2010.

Liverpool are hoping to secure the signing of highly rated Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz and Roy Hodgson is willing to offer Dutch winger Ryan Babel as part of a swap deal to help seal the FC Twente striker’s signature. The 24 year old goal machine has been a big hit in the Eredivisie, scoring 24 goals in his first season to help his side to their first ever domestic title.

A number of Europe’s elite have been monitoring the 24 year old for some time and the departure of Steve McClaren for Wolfsburg has appeared to have had an unsettling effect on the club as they started the new season with two limp draws.

The adaptable attacker can play in a number of positions but excels as a speedy striker and could be just the kind of player the Anfield manager is looking for as he attempts to boost his attacking options. Ryan Babel may be keen on a move back to his country of birth and may feel a move to a side competing in the Champions League may be a good step to take as opposed to reported interest from Birmingham City.

Ruiz is valued at around £14m so any deal could well involve the Merseyside club having to fork out some cash as well as the £9m rated Babel.

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