Liverpool and Spurs in Babel/Pavlyuchenko swap?
2009-12-10 - Added by
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur could relieve each other of their respective want-away stars Ryan Babel and Roman Pavlyuchenko by proposing a swap deal between the two in January.
The players' strifes at their respective current clubs have been well-documented; Babel has reportedly fallen out with Reds boss Rafael Benitez while Pavlyuchenko is fed up with playing a bit part role at White Hart Lane.
But now the two sides could prove the perfect tonics to the other's troubles with a swap deal, according to the Daily Mail, which would mean each had their out-of-favour player taken off their hands, and as a bonus, land a new star in the process.
Babel, 22, cost Liverpool £11.5million when he singed from Ajax as an exciting prospect in 2007, but has become increasingly frustrated at being stuck down the pecking order at Anfield, and has frequently voiced complaints to his manager.
Meanwhile, Pavlyuchanko's agent recently confirmed that his client was unhappy at being cast adrift as Spurs' fourth choice striker, and would consider his options come January, with an eye to securing first team action elsewhere.
The move could work particularly well for Liverpool, who currently have no cash funds with which to bargain for new players in the transfer window, and so will be reliant on offloading their current crop in order to fund new signings.
Harry Redknapp knows therefore that his comparatively flush side hold the cards in the deal, and may demand Babel plus cash for his 27-year-old Russian, in the knowledge that Benitez desperately needs another striker to take the load off Fernando Torres.