Official: Hoffenheim Confirm Signing Of Liverpool Forward Ryan Babel

Two-and-a-half-year deal signed by Dutchman
Ryan Babel
Fee: €7 million
Contract: Jun 2013

Liverpool attacker Ryan Babel has sealed his transfer to Hoffenheim, according to the German club.

The Dutchman was expected to stay at Anfield after initially rejecting the Bundesliga outfit's advances, and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish confirmed on Monday that a deal between the two parties had fallen through and the Dutchman would be staying put on Merseyside, but it seems now that further negotiations have been successful.

Hoffenheim released a statement on their official website to announce the capture of the 24-year-old.

The statement reads: "We are very proud to be able to get Ryan Babel, an internationally experienced player from a top club like Liverpool, to Hoffenheim."

Babel is believed to have passed his medical in Germany and to have signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, with a reported €7 (£6) million exchanging hands between the clubs, potentially bolstering Liverpool's chances of signing Ajax hitman Luis Suarez.

The move ends the player's four-year spell at Anfield, where he struggled to find consistent form and first team football after signing for £11.5m in 2007 from Ajax.

Hoffenheim's Demba Ba moved to West Ham United this week and Babel will quite possibly act as his replacement.

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