Liverpool signed Babel in 2007 from Ajax for a fee of £11.5million, but he has struggled to make much of an impact on Merseyside. The 24-year-old has often publicly displayed his frustration at his lack of first team opportunities and has been linked with moves to other clubs for well over a year.
Sky Sports have now reported that Birmingham have had a loan application rejected by Liverpool, but they may look at putting in a permanent offer for the Dutch winger. They could face competition from West Ham or Spurs though, both of whom have displayed an interest in the Liverpool bench-warmer.
In the summer, Spurs allegedly came close to signing Babel on the last day of the transfer window and it was reported that the Dutch international even travelled to London for a medical. However, the last gasp signing of Rafael Van der Vaart scuppered any deal for the 24-year-old.
Birmingham were also close to signing Babel for £9million in the last January transfer window, but it appeared that the former Ajax forward preferred to stay at Liverpool at the time.
Given Liverpool’s poor form compounded by last night’s shock defeat to Wolves at home, Babel may start to consider his future and look elsewhere for first team opportunities. Spurs would be the most desirable destination, but it is unlikely the Dutch international would see any more playing time at White Hart Lane than at Anfield.
It would be no surprise to finally see Babel walking out of the door, but Birmingham would be the forward’s most likely destination come the New Year.
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