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Hoffenheim complete Ryan Babel transfer

ESPNsoccernet staff
January 25, 2011

Bundesliga side Hoffenheim have sealed the signature of Ryan Babel in what is believed to be a £6 million switch from Liverpool.

Babel joins on an initial two-and-a-half-year contract, ending the Dutchman's four-year spell at Anfield after he joined the club in the summer of 2007 from Ajax for a fee of £11.5 million.

The 24-year-old failed to live up to expectations at Anfield and never established himself as a regular in the first-team.

Babel said: "I am looking forward to my new mission in Hoffenheim. My first impressions are absolutely positive. I hope now to be able to quickly get into the team."

General manager Ernst Tanner added on the club's website: "We are very proud to be able to sign Ryan Babel, an internationally-experienced player from a top club like Liverpool. We are convinced that he is a big gain for us with his character traits and his sporting qualities."

Liverpool have decided to cash-in on the versatile forward as they look to raise funds for their own signings in this month's transfer window.

The Reds have already had £4 million offer for Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam rejected and are expected to step up their attempt to sign Ajax striker Luis Suarez.

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