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Reports claim Rafa Benitez wants to sign Ryan Babel once again

4 weeks ago
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Ryan Babel wasn’t one of Rafa Benitez’ best signings at Liverpool.

A 20 year old who was making headlines for Ajax was signed in 2007 for around £12m, a significant fee back then.

Indeed, a significant fee these days for Newcastle under Mike Ashley, in over three years at the club, Miguel Almiron is the first player Rafa has been allowed to sign for more than that £12m figure.

After only 31 Premier League starts for Liverpool in three and a half years, the Dutch international was sold on to Hoffenheim for £5m in 2011, after Rafa Benitez had left Anfield.

After a number of clubs and countries, at the age of 32 Ryan Babel made a surprise return to England on a short-term contract at Fulham.

Even more surprisingly he has been a big success, especially considering he was playing for a very poor Fulham side who have been relegated well before the end of the season.

In 13 Premier League starts Babel has scored four and got three assists.

In the first half of the season he managed four goals and one assist for Besiktas in the Turkish league, so arguably in some of the best form of his career.

Not the greatest strike rate in Turkish media when it comes to transfer story success but interesting to now see Sabah reporting that Rafa Benitez is interested in signing Ryan Babel once again.

They report that Galatasaray were confident of landing Babel as he is leaving Fulham as a free agent in the summer but are now worried, due to Newcastle and Norwich allegedly showing interest.

Rafa Benitez of course wants better quality going forward, in terms of both goals and creativity, plus he wants the freedom to bring in players no matter what their age.

Ryan Babel has actually looked pretty good considering how poor the Fulham team have been around him but with claims of Mike Ashley blocking the signing of Rondon and new contract for Diame, primarily due to age…what price signing Ryan Babel who turns 33 in December?

Babel’s preference is to stay in the better quality and more high profile Premier League, especially as he is hoping for the chance to play in one more major international tournament, the Euros with Holland next year.

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