Southampton Keen On Former Liverpool Flop Ryan Babel

Saints eye winger after he is transfer listed by Hoffenheim.

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Newly-promoted Southampton are interesting in bringing ex-Liverpool flop Ryan Babel to St Mary’s.

The Dutch winger is currently with 1899 Hoffenheim but has been transfer listed after a dismal season in front of goal, in which he netted just four times in 31 appearances for the Germans.

The Bundesliga side are keen to cash in on the speedy 25-year-old but will demand the majority of the £7 million they paid Liverpool for Babel in January 2011.

Babel arrived at Anfield in 2007 from Ajax with a big reputation as a talented and tricky winger, who could also play up front. But the Dutchman, who has 42 caps for his country, struggled to make an impact on Merseyside and was often criticised for his poor work-rate and attitude.

Weeks before his move to Hoffenheim, he was fined £10,000 after posting a picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt on twitter, following Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to their rivals in the FA Cup.

Southampton completed signing of striker Jay Rodriguez last week but Nigel Adkins remains keen to add attacking reinforcements to his squad. Saints manager Nigel Adkins believes Babel’s pace could be an important asset in the fight against relegation next season but it remains to be seen if Babel is interested in a move back to the Premier League.

Babel responded to speculation that he had been transfer listed on twitter, replying, “I don’t know :S” to inquisitive fans.

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