Milan want Dutchman swap with Reds

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AC Milan are reportedly planning to raid Liverpool for Ryan Babel - a move that could see compatriot Klaas-Jan Huntelaar move in the opposite direction.

The Daily Mail suggests that Babel - who fell out of favour with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez - is on the Rossoneri's radar and could play a pivotal role in Liverpool recruiting former Ajax marksman Huntelaar.

It was rumoured that the 26-year-old had touched down in Manchester on Tuesday ahead of a move to the Premier League and, should an agreement on Babel be reached, Liverpool will be favourites for Huntelaar's signature.

According to reports, new Anfield boss Roy Hodgson has not been able to guarantee his 23-year-old winger first team football, which is likely to signal the Holland international's exit from Merseyside.

However, with a transfer value difference of around £4 million between the World Cup team-mates, Liverpool will be expected to stump up the excess in cash to get their man.

The ex-Real Madrid forward has been unable to win his way into the Milan starting line-up since his move from the Bernabeu last August, and his new boss Massimiliano Allegri has failed to give any assurances as to his future at the San Siro.

"Huntelaar, for now, is a Milan player," Allegri told reporters.

The Dutch ace has also been linked with moves to Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

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