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Ryan Babel linked with surprise move to Swansea

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Swansea are looking to strengthen their midfield unit in the forthcoming transfer window and have enquired about the possibility of signing ex-Liverpool winger winger Ryan Babel now that his proposed move to Besiktas has fallen through.

Currently playing for Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa, Babel had been due to but move across to Besiktas who will feature in next year's Champions League competition.

However, after talks between the two clubs appeared to break down, the Dutchman could now find himself playing in the Premier League once again as Swansea have emerged as potential candidates for his signature reports the Daily Mail.

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Wanting to enhance his attacking options, Swansea boss Gary Monk allegedly views the 28-year-old winger as a gamble worth taking for the Swans who would cost in the region of £2 million.

WHAT HAS BECOME OF BABEL

Signed by then Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez for £11.5 million in 2007 he initially impressed at Anfield becoming the club's young player of the season in his debut campaign. Going on to make 190 appearances for the club scoring 49 goals in the process, after a bright start he struggled thereafter during his three and a half season stint at the club.

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Known for making more of an impression on twitter then he did on the pitch he was eventually sold by Kenny Dalglish to Hoffenheim in 2011 for £8 million where he since became a forgotten man.

Excluded from the Netherlands squad when he left Liverpool, subsequent moves back to Ajax where he began his career as well as a jump to Kasimpasa where he now resides have done little to resurrect the Dutchman's flailing career.

Reportedly keen to sign Babel while he was at Hoffenhein in 2013, Swansea have now rekindled their interest and as such have offered the 28-year-old a lifeline back into the Premier League. 

CONTROVERSY

In what will fill no doubt Swan's fans will trepidation, Babel's off-field history will pose questions as to weather or not it is worth potentially destabilising the club for a man who flattered to deceive during his last spell in England.

A keen twitter user, the ex-Anfield man often caused a storm with some of his more controversial posts. In January 2011 after losing 1-0 to Manchester United he famously uploaded a picture edited to show referee Howard Webb wearing the Red Devils kit.

He was also the source of the popular hashtag Babelcopter, when on transfer deadline day in August 2010 he was reported to be travelling by helicopter across the country in an attempt to seek out a new club.

Manager Gary Monk will have to weigh up the risk of signing the colourful Dutchman. If he does, expect Babel's name to be cropping in non-football related headlines before too long.

Liverpool fans: Would you like to see Ryan Babel back playing in the Premier League? What sort of reception could he expect to receive upon his return to Anfield? Have your say below...

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