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Arsenal connection could land Dutch star

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Arsenal are reportedly considering a move for Dutch international Ryan Babel.

The 23-year-old winger is looking to put himself in the shop window at the World Cup in South Africa, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is thought to have taken notice as he considers a £10 million move.

Babel is keen to leave Liverpool after three relatively unsuccessful seasons at Anfield, and the financial troubles mixed with the lack of a manager could have an impact on the player's possible exit.

The Reds signed Babel from Ajax in 2007, paying a fee in the region of £11.5 million to bring the talented youngster to Merseyside.

Under Rafael Benitez, chances were fairly limited for Babel and he was tipped to make an exit from the club in January. An £8 milion offer from Birmingham was rejected by the club, who value the player slightly higher.

Dutch colleague and Gunners striker Robin van Persie is thought to have sung the praises of the north London club to Babel, possibly laying the foundations should a bid be made.

Reports in the Dutch press say Babel will leave Liverpool if the price is right, and Wenger will have to decide if the maverick wide-man represents a good deal for Arsenal.

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