Ryan Babel's off to Hoffenheim but deal for Luis Suarez hits deadlock

25 January 2011 01:51
Hoffenheim were closing in on a deal for Liverpool's Ryan Babel last night, heading off interest in the striker from Sunderland and Fulham. [LNB]The Holland star has made it clear his preference would be to rejoin Ajax but they have shown little interest in taking him as they push for £25million in straight cash from Liverpool for Luis Suarez. [LNB]Hoffenheim have now offered £7m, rising to £8m on performances and a deal worth £70,000 a week for the 24-year-old. [LNB] Enlarge Enlarge  Revolving door: Babel looks to be heading for the exit but will Suarez replace him?[LNB]The Anfield club accepted Hoffenheim's offer last week but the player had returned to Liverpool, where he resumed training. [LNB]Personal terms have now been settled, though, and a Liverpool statement last night read: 'Ryan Babel has agreed a move to Hoffenheim. The Dutch international will fly to Germany to finalise the deal. [LNB]'The move comes six days after Liverpool accepted a bid for the 24-year-old striker.' [LNB]Sunderland and Fulham will be disappointed as both strive to find suitable strikers. Sunderland were also rebuffed in a £3m offer for West Ham's Frederic Piquionne on Monday and continue to negotiate over Stoke's Ricardo Fuller. [LNB]Liverpool, meanwhile, are considering their options after talks over Suarez stalled and Babel could still figure in negotiations if the Hoffenheim deal collapses. [LNB]Damien Comolli, Liverpool's director of football strategy, held a brief meeting in Amsterdam with Ajax general director Rik van den Boog, who told him the Dutch club would not consider an offer below £25m for Suarez. Ajax claim Liverpool have offered only £12.7m. [LNB]An Ajax spokesman said: 'We'll have to wait for them to come back with something more respectful. If you compare the £12.7m Liverpool want to pay for Suarez with other transfers you can imagine that it's far too low for us.'  Charlie can be your boy for £14m! Ollie tells Reds to 'put up or shut up' in quest for Adam Liverpool move for Suarez stalls as Ajax refuse to budge on £25m feeWhy didn't you attack Dalglish? Angry Houllier hits out at Holloway over AdamAll the latest Liverpool news, features and opinion[LNB] Explore more:People: Ryan Babel Places: Amsterdam, Fulham, Liverpool, The Netherlands, Germany, Anfield Club

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