Belfast Telegraph

Reds accept Babel bid

Ryan Babel is set to leave Liverpool after the club announced they had accepted an undisclosed bid from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for the Dutch forward.

Babel has been given permission to travel to Germany and discuss personal terms with his prospective new employers.

He has struggled to nail down a first-team place at Anfield and was again on the bench on Sunday during the derby draw with Everton.

Babel cost Liverpool in excess of £10million when he arrived from Ajax but he failed to convince both Rafael Benitez and then Roy Hodgson of his ability to cut it in the Barclay Premier League.

Now caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish has decided he can do without the Dutchman, even though his side are only four points off the relegation zone and face fellow strugglers Wolves on Saturday.

Babel, who has scored 22 goals in 146 appearances for Liverpool, now looks to have played his last game for the club.


From Belfast Telegraph