Comments made to a Dutch newspaper by Liverpool’s Ryan Babel have sparked speculation that the surplus winger may be about to seal a loan move back to former club Ajax which would, in turn, essentially provide his parent club with the necessary leverage to complete a deal for the Amsterdam side’s toothsome striker, one Luis Suarez – who also doubles as a fine shot-stopper on his day.
Fresh from Twittering his way to a £10,000 fine from the FA, Babel is quoted as telling De Telegraaf:
“The transfer of Luis Suarez to Liverpool opens the door for me to go back to Ajax.
If Liverpool and Ajax, [possibly] in combination with Luis, can reach an agreement over me then I will surely come to the club.
For the chance to play [regularly], I am willing to settle for far less pay.
I know the club, know the style and played with a couple of players [whilst I was] at Amsterdam and with the Dutch national team.
For a player of my age it is important to be playing week in week out.”
With Liverpool increasingly desperate to recruit players with any semblance of goal-scoring prowess, Suarez seems to the perfect fit – having scored a schiesse-load of goals at an arse-end-of-the-Premier League/Championship level (i.e. the Eredivisie of the past several years) for most of his career.
On the other hand, Babel (contrary to what his dwindling mass of defendants would have you believe) strikes me as a ‘busted flush’ who will never intrinsically be any better than he is now.
It’s high-time for Liverpool to chalk off that particular £11-odd million as a ‘technical miscalculation’ and just move on.
However, before we get too far ahead ourselves, it’s worth also mentioning that Tottenham are believed to have made tentative enquiries regarding the potential acquisition of Suarez, having deployed a phalanx of scouts to monitor the Uruguayan over the course of the last couple on months.
No official word has been forthcoming from the Spurs’ camp, though several well-placed sources are claiming to have the inside track on an €18 million package being put together behind the scenes at White Hart Lane, with which the club hope to land the 23-year-old forward and his considerable services.
Suarez himself is also being tagged by all and sundry as ‘desperate’ to leave the Amsterdam Arena at the first available opportunity, after being miffed by the club’s apparent unwillingness to appeal against the seven-match ban he picked up in November for biting – yes, biting – PSV defender Otman Bakkal on his fleshy bits.
Oh, the plethora of unsubstantiated joys afforded to us by the transfer window.