Friday, July 3, 2020 | ePaper

Struggling Fulham sign Babel from Besiktas

  • Print




Fulham signed former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel from Besiktas on Tuesday as the Premier League strugglers bid to bolster their spluttering attack and avoid relegation.
Netherlands international Babel has joined Claudio Ranieri's side, who sit 19th and five points from safety, until the end of the season and could make his debut against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
"My first impressions are good and I'm very excited," former Liverpool attacker Babel told Fulham's website after returning to England.
"I definitely have faith that Fulham can stay up. That's one of the reasons that I'm here, to try and help that to happen.
"I'm ready to go, I'm excited and I can't wait."
The 32-year-old will be expected to spark a Fulham team who are deep in a relegation battle after losing 2-1 at fellow strugglers Burnley on Saturday.
The Cottagers have scored only 20 goals and won just three of their 22 league games despite splashing out around £100 million ($127 million) on new players in the summer following promotion from the Championship.
Babel made 146 appearances during his three-and-a-half year spell with Liverpool.
He left Anfield in 2011 and played for Hoffenheim, Ajax, Al Ain and Deportivo La Coruna before joining Besiktas in 2017.
Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan added: "Ryan has excelled at playing attacking football on both the club and international stage, and we welcome that experience as we build our squad for a strong second-half push."

More News For this Category

West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko (right) scores the third goal against Chelsea during their EPL match on Wednesday.

West Ham United's Andriy Yarmolenko (right) scores the third goal against Chelsea during their EPL match on Wednesday.

.

Sanchez shines in Inter rout as Milan salvage draw at SPAL

Sanchez shines in Inter rout as Milan salvage draw at SPAL

AFP, Milan :Alexis Sanchez scored a penalty and set up two goals as Inter Milan thrashed relegation candidates Brescia 6-0 in Serie A on Wednesday, while city rivals AC

Former FIFA finance director and secretary general Markus Kattner given 10-year ban

Former FIFA finance director and secretary general Markus Kattner given 10-year ban

AFP, Lausanne :Markus Kattner, FIFA's finance director under Sepp Blatter who also served as acting secretary general, has been banned from all football-related activity for 10 years and fined one

Juventus keep Lazio at bay with Genoa stroll

Juventus keep Lazio at bay with Genoa stroll

AFP, Rome  :Juventus maintained their four-point lead at the top of Serie A on Tuesday after strolling to a 3-1 win at Genoa that keeps chasers Lazio at bay despite

Messi scores 700th goal but Atletico draw hurts Barca's title hopes

Messi scores 700th goal but Atletico draw hurts Barca's title hopes

Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal but Barcelona suffered another blow to their La Liga title hopes after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Messi chipped in a

PSG eye fixed firmly on biggest prize

PSG eye fixed firmly on biggest prize

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) are still optimistic they can win the Champions League for the first time when the tournament is played in Lisbon in August, even if the coronavirus crisis

BFF takes proactive approach for women's football

The Bangladesh Football (BFF) has taken a proactive approach to continue for the development of women's football in Bangladesh, according to an article received from Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on

Jaime Mata double revives Getafe Champions League bid

Jaime Mata double revives Getafe Champions League bid

Jaime Mata scored twice as Getafe beat fellow European hopefuls Real Sociedad 2-1 on Monday to give their push for Champions League qualification from La Liga a boost.Getafe had seen

Inter rally to beat Parma as Atalanta win again

Inter rally to beat Parma as Atalanta win again

AFP, Milan :Alessandro Bastoni completed Inter Milan's late turnaround as they scored twice in the final six minutes to beat Parma 2-1 on Sunday, while Atalanta made it three

Bangabandhu SAFF Championship postpone till next year

Bangabandhu SAFF Championship postpone till next year

BSS, Dhaka :The Bangabandhu SAFF Championship, which was scheduled to be arranged in September in Dhaka on occasion of birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur