Liverpool forward Ryan Babel has agreed to join Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, the Merseyside club has confirmed.
Babel has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since his big-money move from Ajax in 2007, and the 24-year-old had been linked with a return to Amsterdam as part of a deal to land Luis Suarez.
The Reds had also accepted a bid from Hoffenheim, believed to be worth £6m, for the Dutchman, but on Monday boss Kenny Dalglish claimed the player would remain with Liverpool.
However, a statement on the club’s official website now confirmed the player will be leaving Merseyside during the current transfer window.
It read: “Ryan Babel has agreed a move to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. The Dutch international will fly to Germany today to finalise the deal.
“The move comes six days after Liverpool accepted a bid for the 24-year-old striker from the Bundesliga outfit.”
Babel, who scored just 22 goals in 146 appearances for Liverpool, has reportedly agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Hoffenheim.