Tottenham Hotspur almost signed Ryan Babel in 2010 in what can only be described as a truly bizarre deal.
Deadline Day of a transfer window sends plenty of clubs into panic-mode, with many of them questioning whether they are ready for the upcoming campaign, or if they have strengthened all the areas they need to ensure they reach their targets in the final few months of the year.
Rumours can go into overdrive at times and the Babel to Tottenham one was one that just did not make sense, even if you were able to follow what was going on.
The summer of 2010 saw Liverpool looking to build their own side further and the Dutchman was seen expendable after a rather rubbish time at Anfield.
Media outlet Goal broke with an exclusive in the morning that Tottenham were interested in signing the winger on a season-long loan, although the Reds were only prepared to offload him permanently. Still following?
Then there were claims that he was in a helicopter over London (Guardian, 14:49 31/08/10), with West Ham United also being dragged into the mix as Carlton Cole was allegedly heading to Merseyside (yeah, we wrote about that one not making sense as well).
But, later that afternoon he posted a Tweet stating “I’m going nowhere… LFC all The Way… ynwa !!!” (via BBC, 17:15 31/08/10… Tweet subsequently deleted..).
However, a couple of hours later, and this is where Spurs come into the picture once again, Harry Redknapp made comments backing up their interest in Babel, but revealed they were nowhere near a deal.
“We were also interested in Ryan Babel, he was a player we made an enquiry about but it never came close,” he said (via BBC, 19:53 31/08/10). This was after it was claimed a £10million bid had come in for him by the Daily Telegraph’s deputy football correspondent Jason Burt on Twitter (again… Tweet has vanished, so we’ll have to take BBC’s word for it once again (16:16, 31/08/10)).
Everything understood? (We wouldn’t blame you if you needed a few minutes to wrap your head around that one… we did!).
What is easier to understand though is that Tottenham dodged an expensive £10m bullet.
Babel has never quite hit the heights that were expected of him since leaving Liverpool and has since had spells in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Ajax, Kasımpaşa, Al Ain, Besiktas and Fulham, where he showed glimpses of what he can offer in a season that was poor for everyone associated with the west London outfit.
However, their relegation to the Championship has left the 32-year-old to look for a new club, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a new stamp in that passport Ryan!
Tottenham fans, what are your thoughts on the whole Babel saga? Pleased Redknapp didn’t get close to signing him? Let us know below!