Newcastle Linked With Move For Ryan Babel


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?

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295 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #1

    seems a very realistic target………. as he is available for 3 mill apparantly

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    nowt special

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Why do they want rid of him after a year?

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Our last £3m winger was Obertan. ’nuff said.

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    just want to take some time to think about and appreciate our dreamboat Yohan Cabaye, man. What a guy!

    whey-aye-cabaye

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  • Sholadona

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #6

    @Ibiza according to TalkSport Babel has had a falling out with the clubs coaching staff, being forced to train with the reserves: http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/120723/spurs-join-newcastle-and-swansea-chase-ex-liverpool-star-177?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    TDS…Surely we’re not going to group all £3m wingers together? Not saying you’re wrong in this instance, but come on 🙂

    Plus, Obertan will come good…mark my words (so you can throw them back at me later down the line 😉 )

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  • ToonMauritius

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    He cant be as bad as Obertan. I still cant believe we spent 3mill on him when there is talent abroad like Abeid. I still maintain the deal happened when Pards was talking to Alex Ferguson re Barton and Twitter accounts. It was within days i think!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Sholadona (Is that Indian? – Only joking)….Any idea what the “falling out” was about?

    If there is one thing I’m pretty confident with these days, is that we wont bring in players with the wrong attitude, makes for a nice change.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #11

    Ibiza – what, like Ben Arfa? 🙂

    and now Debuchy hasnt turned up for training …..

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  • Bloomin Marveaux-lous

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12
  • blaydonracist

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    hes shit, wouldn’t want, also i feel we have enough power down the wings with jonas, marvs, raylor, obertan and benny so we clearly have depth and if we are really struggling with injury ba could fill in
    alson on the newcastle wikipedia page it has debuchy in our team, i wish people would stop making these edits as they clearly jinx us, people done it with de jong and he went to the other linked club in monchengladbach so if history follows suit then debuchy will go to inter, then douglas will go to either fulham or west ham and anita will go to SUNDERLAND!!!!, that can’t happen

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  • Sholadona

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #14

    @Ibiza I assure you, I’m not IndianMagpie 😉

    The report doesn’t say but he must have done something wrong to p*ss them off after a year

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  • ashwin say's

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #15

    big no to him
    he is more into rap,shoes etc. than in football

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #16

    With Sammy steppin up his game so much this pre-season, dont need him. Been a long time sincr ive seen a youngster put in the 45 mins sammy did vs fenerbache, every decision he made was perfect…his dinked pass to abeid was special and something i didnt know he had in him.

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  • HullMag6

    Jul 23, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Re Debuchy, hope this is concluded soon.

    Trust the management, they should know what theyre doing. heres hoping…….

    Ps any more wild rumours circulating? Eg Adam Johnson @ Greggs with DL & LC. Sakho spotted at Jesmond dene lol.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #18

    I hope we’re not after this player. Compared to what we’ve been linked with this a very big step down in class. He has not been successful ever since he left Ajax. I think we should steer well clear of this lad. Nothing special and seems to be on a steep way down in his career.

    Verdict: Not bad but no thanks, next.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Munster….Indeed 🙂

    Shola….Interesting. Doubt we’re in for him, not sure on what basis, it just doesn’t seem a likely fit.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #20

    HullMag….like DL and LC would be at greggs without MA!

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  • hotdog

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Right I’ve had enough. We are getting linked with Ryan babel now, seriously? I was hoping Beardsley going to Liverpool was not true years ago but at least it was the only transfer story and it was correct. Ohhh to have those days back!

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Adam Johnson, Marvin Martin (too late now), Remy, Gameiro are the type of players we should be after for that LF role.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #23

    hotdog….successful working session? 🙂

    Robby…Pretty sure Mike will have penalty clauses in their contracts if they eat at Greggs without him.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Ibiza

    It’s too late. I’ve already made the generalisation. Ginola was only £2.5m, so that’s OK (;

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Do people really think we need a 10mill signing for the LF position or CF? We have so much atackin talent…would rather that invested on a top top CB and the 3-4 million on a striker with potential….boring i know but our front 3 are the the envy of alot of league as it is!

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #26

    just a space filler

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  • hotdog

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Ibiza. Haha yeah thats me done. Oh aye on ya question. Ketchup for me mustard tends to catch the back of ya throat, each to their own though 😉

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  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #28

    STOP that non-sence about Obertan!!! It’s a shame for you to talk like that.. He is young and is NUFC player and is trying hard to help the team.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #29

    Don,t believe this for one minute!

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  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Not sure if Obertan will come good, but he’ll have my support while he plays for the club.

    Babel signed for Hoffenheim for 8M on a 2 1/2 year contract. Which is a crazy length for a 8M transfer.

    The guys getting cheaper but is a serial failure.
    Can Pards do some motivational magic?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #31

    TDS….Oh god, forgot about that awful signing Ginola 🙂 OK guys, any wingers between £2.5-5m are a waste of time. Forget them

    Robby….No I don’t think that. Young prospect striker to take over what Ranger should be doing at the club. Only time our striker dept becomes an issue is the ACON and injuries. Shola and a young guy for a few matches is one thing, over a month???

    I am all for youth getting their chance mind, how else are they ever going to breakthrough?

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  • Phil K

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #32

    No better than what we’ve got. Ridiculous.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #33

    So there. That’s everyone telt! Shame on all of you. :p

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  • jimmymagpie

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Will you lot stop believing all this sh-te! Last week I told you all that we were nowhere near agreeing deals for ANY player, and as usual, received abuse from the same old few. Well, now that Pardew has come out and told you the same, I won’t hold my breath for any apologies. They are finding out what people inside the game were warning about, that the so-called transfer policy adopted by Ashley had a limited life span. Eventually, if you wish to keep progressing the club, you heve to purchase better players, and have to be prepared to pay nearer the market price. You can’t go around telling clubs that they will have to pay through the nose for your best players, and then put in pathetic bids of half the going rate for other clubs best players. Ashley will not sanction paying £6m on another right back, UNLESS he is told that Simpson is going. He will not increase the derisory offer for Douglas, who one member of the coaching staff has described as a bigger, younger, Bramble – lots of potential, but prone to too many stupid errors, and with a very suspect temperament. Stop believing all the cr-p put out by the wan-ers on SSN and the written media, including the local tos-ers, who know f-ck all!

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m with Robby.
    Wud rather sign DM/FB/CBs in the £6-8m range.
    We’ve got some real talent on the books already up front.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Hotdog….Good to know 🙂

    Lithuania…Good on ya mate.

    Hatem…Not many out there better than Pardew at getting a player on side.

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  • hotdog

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Jimmy. If David craig pops up on sky he is normally correct, caroll being his latest news. The rest I agree they are all trying to justify their existence.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Most of us didn’t deserve that, jimmy. Did you forget your meds this morning?

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #39

    Ibizatoon – well cisse and ba could be around if ivory coast beat senegal….i suppose if GC and Pards think douglas is a 10mill pound centre back but available for less then its understandable we can get another luxury signing with what we’ve saved.

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  • check the toastie

    Jul 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Always thought this lad had some potential, however his time has come and gone, bit like Obertoons, both player lack courage and heart for me.

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