Anfield side set to lose Dutch international?
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According to a report in Bild, Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim have completed the transfer of Netherlands international Ryan Babel from Premier League side Liverpool for a fee of €7 million.
The Sinsheim side were in the market for a new attacker because of the expected departure of Demba Ba, and sporting director Ernst Tanner considers the 24-year-old Babel to be the perfect replacement.
“We needed a striker because of the imminent departure of Demba Ba and the injury to Chinedu Obasi. Babel was the attacker we really wanted and sporting director Tanner is convinced he’s the right man for us,” said Hoffenheim owner Dietmar Hopp.
Babel is a product of the Ajax youth academy and left the Dutch giants for Liverpool in the summer of 2007. However, the tricky attacker was struggling to get regular first team football this term and therefore wanted to move on.
The forward was also being linked with a move back to Ajax, but he has now apparently opted to join Hoffenheim instead.
Neither club have yet confirmed the transfer on their respective official websites, but the transfer is expected to be confirmed in the coming hours. (Goal.com)
If this move is indeed in the bag, as this source suggests, then Liverpool are about to say goodbye to a player who for the past three and a half seasons has doggedly failed to prove his many doubters wrong. Ever since Ryan Babel arrived at Anfield in July 2007 he has repeatedly flattered to deceive and appeared constantly unable to take one of his many chances to impress.
There was some talk of the former Ajax man being on his way back to the Amsterdam as part of any deal to bring Luis Suarez to Merseyside but talk of such a move appears to have vanished today and a move to Hoffenheim appears to be on the cards.
Marco Pezzaiuoli’s mid table side could well do with an injection of creativity as they look to push on towards the top six as the ambitious club who up until 2008 had never plied their trade in the top tier of German football, looks to continue their rapid rise.
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