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Dutch international tweets confirmation that West Ham offer is in vain

By Wayne Veysey | Chief correspondent

Ryan Babel has announced on his Twitter site that he will be staying at Liverpool.

The Dutch international has been at the centre of a deadline day transfer tug-o'-war involving Tottenham and West Ham but has ended speculation about his immediate future 80 minutes before the end of the transfer window.

Babel's posts on his Twitter account read: "Guys, guys, guys...I'm going nowhere...LFC all the way...ynwa."

After UK revealed that Spurs had made a swoop for the unsettled Liverpool forward, Tottenham followed up their initial enquiry about taking the player on a season-long loan with a £5 million offer.


It is understood that the Anfield club accepted the bid but Tottenham's hopes of bringing the player to White Hart Lane were scuppered by interest from West Ham in making Babel part of a swap deal involving Carlton Cole.

Amid reports that Babel was flying in a helicopter from Merseyside to London, there was strong speculation that the Dutchman was en route to Upton Park rather than Spurs' training ground.

But deals with the London clubs appear to have fallen through and Babel, who joined Liverpool three years ago, is set to remain at Anfield until January at least.

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