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Babel completes Hoffenheim switch

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Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has completed his move to Hoffenheim after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract, according to the German club.

The Reds accepted a fee for the Holland international, believed to be in the region of £6million, last week but the deal appeared to be off up until late on Monday when the player flew out to finalise contract details.

"The 24-year-old striker signed on Tuesday a contract for two and a half years until June 30 2013 (plus an option for another year)," said a statement on Hoffenheim's website, www.achtzehn99.de.

"Ryan was our first-choice attacking player. He strengthens our squad also with his experience despite being only 24 years old," said coach Marco Pezzaiuoli.

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."

The forward, who failed to realise his potential during just over three years at Anfield, is relishing a fresh start in the Bundesliga.

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

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