European football: Benayoun, Babel move to Liverpool
Thursday, July 12, 2007
€24.5 million.have completed the signings of midfielder and forward . The combined fee is approximately
These transfers raise the total to €47 million that Liverpool has spent on transfer fees this off season. Other acquisitions includeand .
Ajax rejected the original offer of €14.7 million for Babel, who came out of Ajax' world famous youth system. Liverpool raised the offer to about €17 million, which Ajax accepted as the transfer fee.
Liverpool has been after Benayoun for a while. They acquired him from West Ham for a fee of about €7.5 million.
Benayoun signed a contract that runs until June 2011. Liverpool coachhas been watching Benayoun since his days at in .
Benitez went on to say "It's clear he's done this very well at West Ham. Liverpool fans will remember how he played in the (2006) FA Cup final against us when he was outstanding. We thought then this was a player who is capable of stepping up to a higher level."
Babel will sign a 5-year contract on Friday after passing a medical. He admitted that he was easily convinced that Liverpool was the right club for him after listening to what they had to say.