Ryan Babel had completed a medical ahead of a proposed £7m transfer to Hoffenheim. The Bundesliga side hope to sign the Dutchman as a replacement for the recently departed Demba Ba, who is reported to be a target of Stoke.
Babel has endured a difficult four-and-a-half years on Merseyside, struggling to recapture the form which persuaded Liverpool to sign him from Ajax. Indeed, since his transfer in 2007, he has started just 31 Premier League matches, coming off the bench on a further 60 occasions. He is thought to be deep in discussions with his prospective new employers as they negotiate personal terms to take him to Germany. “The Bundesliga club have now been given permission to discuss personal terms with the player,” explained Liverpool’s official website.
Gerrard wants Dalglish stay.
Steven Gerrard hopes that Kenny Dalglish’s stint as Liverpool’s caretaker will be followed with a long-term contract for the Liverpool legend.
Liverpool’s captain is clearly reinvigorated by the Scotsman’s return to the Anfield dugout and told the Daily Telegraph: “I want to do everything in my power to ensure that he stays here for a long time, beyond the initial six months.”
Dalglish, the midfield maestro said, has lifted spirits which were clearly crumbling as Liverpool floundered under Roy Hodgson’s tutelage. “When Kenny rang to say he was coming back it was a big lift,” Gerrard explained. “I’d love nothing better, when the end of the season comes, than for us to be on the back of a good run of results that ensures he gets the job full-time.”
Hammill return on.
Liverpool are thought to be interested in offering Adam Hammill a chance to return to Merseyside following the midfielder’s wonderful form with Championship side Barnsley.
Hammill had shown promise with Liverpool’s famous academy but struggled to make the breakthrough to the first team, hastening his exit. His progress in the Championship has not gone unnoticed however, and the Anfield hierarchy are beginning to wonder whether they made a mistake in letting him leave.
One potential scuppering point is Wolves’ interest. The Black Country side are thought to have lodged a £500,000 bid – sufficient to tempt the Tykes into a sale because of the player’s contract dispute with the club, the Daily Mirror reports.