News today in talkSPORT that Newcastle are interested in signing Hoffenheim winger Ryan Babel, the former Liverpool and Ajax winger/striker, who seems to have fallen out with the coaching staff at the Bundesliga club.
Ryan Babel – available from Hoffenheim – maybe for £5M?
Certainly when Liverpool signed the former Ajax player back in 2007, Newcastle were said to be interested in bringing the then 20 year-old to Tyneside.
Babel has been told that he can leave Hoffenheim this summer, and he has also been omitted from the Hoffenheim squad who are currently at their Austrian training camp.
Presumably his agent will now try to find him a new club in England, and we fully expect they have already contracted Newcastle about the player.
It seems that both Swansea and Tottenham have also expressed an interest in Ryan, who has 42 Dutch caps, but is out of favor with the National side too, at the moment.
Hoffenheim won the battle to sign the Liverpool striker last year, and they paid £8M for him, but the Bundesliga club are willing to take a loss on a summer sale, and that will certainly interest Newcastle – who always like a good deal.
Maybe they could go in with a £3M offer, which would not be unexpected for Newcastle - to lower the Hoffenheim expectations, and in order to get a really good deal?
The other thing in Newcastle’s favor, is that the Dutchman is said to be so keen to get back to the Premier League, and he is even willing to take a cut in his £50K a week wages – and that’s another reason Newcastle may see a possible bargain here.
On the other hand, Newcastle are well endowed with wingers, although this lad can also play up front, and he is certainly a good technical player, and maybe Alan Pardew can get the best out of the lad on Tyneside.
The lad certainly has class – although he was also inconsistent when on Merseyside.
Ryan, who stands 6’1″ tall, also has something to prove, which is another reason Newcastle may see a good fit for him on Tyneside.
For the record, Ryan played 146 games while at Liverpool with 22 goals, and last season he scored 6 goals in 51 appearances for Hoffenheim, and in his career he has 298 appearances and 48 goals.
What do you think?