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Liverpool Accept Ryan Babel Bid to Hoffenheim

ryan babel Liverpool Accept Ryan Babel Bid to Hoffenheim

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Liverpool have accepted a bid from Hoffenheim for striker Ryan Babel.

“The Bundesliga Club have now been given permission to discuss personal terms with the player, who has travelled to Germany,” said a statement from Liverpool FC.

Bild, the German newspaper, quoted Hoffenheim’s main financial backer, software billionaire Dietmar Hopp, as saying that Hoffenheim was in an “emergency situation” with the likely departure of Senegal striker Demba Ba and a long-term injury to Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi.

Babel, the 24-year-old striker, joined Liverpool during the summer of 2007 for a fee in the region of £11.5 million. It is not known as of press time how much Hoffenheim has bid for Babel.

If a deal is finalized, I’ll be sorry to see Babel go. I’ve admired his patience and work-rate for Liverpool. While he didn’t get as many chances as he deserved at Liverpool, it’s probably the best thing for him to leave the club so he can play on a regular basis at a club such as Hoffenheim.

Recently Babel was in the headlines for being fined £10,000 by The FA for posting a Photoshopped image on Twitter of Howard Webb wearing a Manchester United shirt after the Premier League referee gave a dodgy penalty to United after Berbatov dived in the box.

UPDATES: Reports are coming in that the bid from Hoffenheim was £5.8 million so if Babel does accept the bid, Liverpool would have sold Babel for just under half the amount that they paid for him. In other news, Aston Villa has confirmed that Darren Bent has signed for the club for a transfer fee of £18 million which could rise to £24 million depending on performance bonuses. Bent will make his debut for Aston Villa this Saturday in their home match against Manchester City (12:30pm ET, Fox Soccer Channel).

With Babel on the verge of heading to Hoffenheim, this helps Liverpool move closer to signing Luis “I’m not a cheat” Suarez. The Uruguayan striker, who famously handled the ball to prevent Ghana from scoring in the 2010 World Cup, is at Ajax but wants to move to Liverpool.

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11 Responses to Liverpool Accept Ryan Babel Bid to Hoffenheim

  1. MennoDaddy says:

    Moral of the story: don’t &#@$ with Howard Webb.

  2. dominjon says:

    FSG want to reduce the wage bill, targeting anyone making good wages but not starting regularly. He is easily the most easy to offload asset in that group. Also, if the Suarez deal is close, then suddenly they have a set-in-stone valuation for Babel to make up the difference and head back to Ajax.

  3. YNWA says:

    146 appearances
    65 starts
    81 sub
    22 goals

    Contributed to some important goals in big games but all too often he went missing and offered little. People who still stand up for the guy and say he never got a chance are the same people who think he only ever got a start in 20-25 games and that is not true. Hopefully he can go to a new team and turn it around but to be honest he seems to be more interested in music.

  4. Yespage says:

    Babel didn’t amount to much for the squad. Babel came on the field to a sigh.

    Luis Suarez?! Seriously? To Liverpool?! That’d help a bit, I’d think. People complain about his hand ball. Don’t talk much about the goals he scored or how he led the Uruguay to the Semi-Finals. Yeah, he did cheat by making a split-second decision, of course Ghana also missed the penalty.

  5. dominjon says:

    Legitimate sources say Suarez is interested in going to Liverpool (wants to play with Torres), Liverpool want to pay 17 mill pounds with add-ons up to 24 million. Ajax want 28 million.
    Now it is down to who blinks. Ajax have made it known Spurs are interested (can’t see them having the money without selling, they don’t even have squad spaces), Liverpool have let it slip they have asked about Lukaku. I don’t see FSG allowing themselves to be bullied on their first big buy, so it is down to if Ajax (who are in need of cash) are willing to let it go until the summer and start an auction. Of course should a more attractive option *cough Madrid cough* appear things may change speedily, but as it is there is a decent chance he will be a Liverpool player by next weekend.
    Also, there was apparently an 18 million bid for Ashley Young from Liverpool back in December, so if Villa want to recoup their Bent money they have options.

  6. Fernando says:

    Another talented youngster who can’t put it together. There are a lot of players all over the world in Babel’s position. Maybe he finds his game in Germany.

    When you pay that much for potential the pay off has to be immediate.
    Considering the lack of goals up front aside from Torres, it’s a very negative slight on Babel that he couldn’t make more of an impact.

  7. Simon Burke says:

    A great player who never quite worked out at Liverpool. Didnt help that he came to a club primarily playing 4-5-1 and the one being Torres.
    He’s also thick as 2 planks as is evident from his various tweets (and I am not talking about the Webb one). I think he’d be a really good signing for anyone who was prepared to play him a lot. He’ll in theory wisen up as he gets older too so his next move could really benefit someone.

  8. daniel says:

    I haven’t seen many players leave a team with both the universally recognized unfulfilled potential and who still garners lots of well wishes when he leaves. For me, I remember him on the left side in FIFA 08 and slamming home goal after goal.

  9. dominjon says:

    There are also reports of another couple of clubs willing to meet the price (one being Sevilla) so he may not end up in Germany, although they are in pole position as they have an owner who is most likely to meet his wage demands.

  10. Gaz Hunt says:

    Hopefully, this will allow Suarez to come to Liverpool.

    The other transfer I think we’ll chase is Steward Downing (it would be Ashley Young but Villa will never him go).

    Suarez behind Torres and Downing and Kuyt out wide would give some attacking options (Gerrard to be the creative midfield and Lucas to be the holder).

    I have a feeling we’ll be unloading Glen Johnson soon too. Looks like King Kenny has found his right back and he’s terrible on the left. He has no left foot. Put Aurélio in there.

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