Fulham & Ryan Babel
Fulham are signing former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel this January.
That’s according to leading Dutch newspaper Telegraaf.
Telegraaf confirmed the Babel to Fulham deal on Saturday night, revealing the 32-year-old will move to Craven Cottage on a six month loan deal.
Babel is due to have his medical at Fulham on Tuesday before the deal goes through.
Babel is joining Fulham from Turkish side Besiktas.
— Mike Verweij (@MikeVerweij) January 12, 2019
Ryan Babel & Liverpool
Babel joined the Reds in 2007 from Ajax.
Liverpool paid 14 million pounds for the midfielder however by 2011 he’d left Anfield.
Overall he scored 22 goals in 146 games for Liverpool.
Babel left Liverpool to join Hoffenheim.
Babel’s Besiktas record
Ryan Babel has been at Besiktas since 2017.
His contract in Turkey expires at the end of the season.
This season Babel has scored four goals and grabbed one assist for Besiktas in 12 league matches.
Seven years after leaving Liverpool, Ryan Babel will return to the Premier League at Fulham. Loan Deal will be completed on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/Ub8e0ykeg6
— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) January 12, 2019
Is Babel what Fulham need?
Many Fulham fans may instantly question the Babel deal.
Doesn’t Claudio Ranieri already have enough attacking wide players on his books in west London?
If Babel is arriving, why did Fulham sign Andre Schurrle in the summer?
Luciano Vietto and Ryan Sessegnon also operate in wide areas for the Cottagers.
Instead of signing Babel, shouldn’t Fulham be looking to bring in a new defender this January?
After a 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Saturday, Fulham are second bottom of the Premier League with 14 points from 22 games.
Fulham have the worst defensive record in the division having conceded 49 goals already.