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Ryan Babel set for Wigan?


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Liverpool's flambouyant winger Ryan Babel is desperate for first-team football and might sign for Wigan Athletic. He was linked with Arsenal a week ago.

Ryan Babel signed for Liverpool from Ajax in 2007 for a five year deal worth £11.5m. Although he scored his first goal Premier League in less than three weeks and his Champions League debut goal a month later, he was never in the first-team plans.

The Dutch winger had been closely associated with a move to Arsenal two weeks ago. The latest report is that Babel thinks Steve Bruce's Wigan is better for a permanent first team football opportunity.

Babel, who was signed along with Benayoun, was pushed into the benches in the coming months, meanwhile Benayoun became an integral part of the Liverpool first team. The Liverpool boss, Benitez, follows a rotation policy for many of his players, has never shown much confidence is the Dutch winger.

The player had reportedly been upset by sidelined every time and had pleaded for first team opportunity for ever. It seems that Benitez is not convinced about the players abilities though Liverpool legend King Kenny thinks "Babel can terrorize defenders with his pace and trickery".

Babel's contract with Liverpool ends by the 2011 season end, and he might cost near to £9m.