Liverpool transfer news: Babel offers Wijnaldum luck ahead of Reds move

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21st Jul, 2016 | 7:27pm

Former Liverpool flop and Dutch international Tweets message to Wijnaldum

By Harvey Byrne

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has offered Georginio Wijnaldum good luck ahead of his potential move to the Reds.

The once highly sought after prospect posted on his personal Twitter page wishing his fellow countryman well at his former club after it was revealed that the Reds had agreed a £25million deal for the attacking midfielder.

Babel joined the Anfield club at the age of 21 from Netherlands giants Ajax in an £11.5million deal, but the Dutch attacker struggled to settle during his four years at the club before leaving for Hoffenheim for a fee of £8million.

He played in 91 Premier League fixtures scoring 12 goals and providing five assists at Liverpool and ironically the attacker got in trouble on several occasions for his actions on social media and Twitter specifically.

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It was revealed on Thursday that the Reds had agreed a £25million for Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum.

The transfer would take the Merseysiders’ summer spending well beyond the £60million mark as Wijnaldum becomes the club’s second £20-million plus 2016 deal following the £36million capture of Sadio Mane.

Wijnaldum moved to Tyneside last summer from PSV Eindhoven in a £14.5million deal, and quickly became the driving force behind the Magpies’ survival hopes.

Wijnaldum bagged 11 goals and five assists in 40 games in all competitions last season and was also the subject of interest from Tottenham and Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton.

Fans of the Reds will of course be hoping that the Newcastle man has a better career at Anfield than Babel did.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have accepted a £13million offer from Stoke for Joe Allen.