Wolfsburg join Blues in Babel chase: reports

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German side Wolfsburg have made a £9 million bid for Liverpool’s Dutch winger Ryan Babel, according to reports.

Birmingham were thought to be keen on taking the 23 year-old to St Andrews, but it looks as if Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren has stolen a march on Alex McLeish.

Babel signed for Liverpool in 2007 but has been unable to command a first team place, making just 82 appearances in three years, most of which were as a substitute.

He almost joined Birmingham City in January this year. But now with a solid offer on the table from the German side, it looks like Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson would be willing to let the Dutch winger leave before the transfer window closes.

McLeish may have to put his money where his mouth is if he wants to add the Liverpool outcast to his new-look squad for this season, with Wolfsburg already laying their cards on the table.

McLeish has already added Nikola Zigic, Enric Valles and Ben Foster to his squad, and recently acquired Matt Derbyshire on loan from Olympiakos.

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