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Babel agrees Hoffenheim deal

Dutch winger to finalise move to Bundesliga on Tuesday

Last Updated: 24/01/11 9:25pm

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Babel: Agreed Hoffenheim move

Babel: Agreed Hoffenheim move

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Liverpool have confirmed Holland international Ryan Babel has agreed to join Bundesliga club Hoffenheim.

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Babel's future at Anfield has been the subject of conjecture for the past 12 months and he had been a long-term target for Birmingham City.

During the current transfer window, the attacker had been linked with a return to former club Ajax as part of a deal which could see Luis Suarez join Liverpool.

However, the Reds accepted an offer from Hoffenheim last week and Babel underwent a medical before the transfer seemingly stalled.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish stated earlier on Monday that the 24-year-old would be staying on Merseyside, but the club have now confirmed Babel's impending departure.

Babel is understood to have agreed a two-and-a-half year contract with Hoffenheim and he will fly to Germany on Tuesday to finalise his move.

He joined Liverpool from Ajax in a big-money deal in 2007 and he scored 22 goals in 146 appearances for the club after failing to make a sustained impact in the Premier League.

His sale will raise hopes on Merseyside that new boss Dalglish has his first signing lined up to replace Babel, having had a £4million bid for Blackpool captain Charlie Adam rejected.

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