Swansea-linked Ryan Babel keen on MLS reunion with ex-Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard

Ryan Babel

The 28-year-old Dutchman has revealed that he would be open to joining his former Reds captain at the LA Galaxy.

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has told goal.com that he would be interested in playing alongside Steven Gerrard again at the LA Galaxy.

Babel, 28, joined Liverpool from Ajax in the summer of 2007 for £11.5 million and went on to score 22 times in 146 total appearances for the club over the next three-and-a-half seasons before leaving for Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

The former Netherlands international has spent the past two terms with Turkish outfit Kasimpasa but, after a successful 2014-15 campaign that saw him bag nine goals in 29 league games, is expected to be on the move in the coming months.

After a deal with Besiktas broke down, the 42-times capped forward was linked with Swansea City last week [h/t Daily Mail] but, having now declared that a return to England is unlikely, has admitted that he is open to switch to MLS.

Unsurprisingly, the league’s most successful franchise, the Galaxy, would be his preferred destination, with the Dutchman keen on a “special” reunion with ex-Liverpool teammate Gerrard.

“America has always been a special place for me, since my youth," he told goal.com. "If it fits in with my career, it will be a challenge for me to play for a MLS team.

“If that would be Steven Gerrard's club, that would be very special.”

On a potential return to England, the Swansea-linked Babel added: "England is of course a great country to play in, and I'll always be open for a return.

“But it has to be a club I feel good about. The reality is that England won't happen at this moment."

However, with the Galaxy set to welcome Gerrard into their line-up from 8 July – when the MLS transfer window opens, there would not appear to be room for Babel on the roster unless he is willing to accept a more modest wage package.

The MLS Cup holders already have all three Designated Player slots filled by the soon-to-arrive Gerrard, skipper Robbie Keane and centre-back Omar Gonzalez, meaning bringing in another high-profile arrival at this point would be almost impossible.

In addition, after also signing former West Ham United prospect Sebastian Lletget last month, head coach Bruce Arena should have more than enough attacking and midfield options at his disposal once the former Reds skipper arrives at the StubHub Center.

A move to another MLS club is still possible, of course, with the New York Red Bulls looking like a good fit on paper, but do not expect Babel to be turning up in LA in the near future.

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