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Premier League's best youngsters are English

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Jan 25, 2011

Reds forward Babel joins Hoffenheim

Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has completed his move to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in a deal worth a reported £6 million.

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Babel, who joined Liverpool in a £11.5 million deal from Ajax the summer of 2007, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Hoffenheim.

The 24-year-old failed to live up to expectations during his four years at Anfield and never established himself as a first-team regular under a succession of managers.

Babel said: "I am looking forward to my new mission in Hoffenheim. My first impressions are absolutely positive. I hope now to be able to quickly get into the team."

General manager Ernst Tanner added on the club's website: "We are very proud to be able to sign in Ryan Babel, an internationally-experienced player from a top club like Liverpool. We are convinced that he is a big gain for us with his character traits and his sporting qualities."

Liverpool have decided to cash-in on the versatile forward as they look to raise funds for their own signings in this month's transfer window.

The Reds have already had £4 million offer for Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam rejected and are expected to step up their attempt to sign Ajax striker Luis Suarez.

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