Hull City have continued to shown how committed and persistent they are in their pursuit of Galatasaray winger Ryan Babel. They kept keeping their hopes up in their bid to sign the Holland international star to the MKN Stadium before the end of the January winter transfer window but they were unable to do so in what was a transfer blow to the club. Babel is going to be out of contract at the end of the current season after which he will become a free agent in the summer as long as he does not put pen to paper on a new contract at the Turkish Super Lig giants. According to Hull Live, the Tigers attempted to sign the 35-year-old in a shock swoop but they were unable to do so.

Babel’s first stint in England started in 2007 when he left Dutch Eredivisie League giants Ajax to sign for English Premier League side Liverpool. He spent four years at Anfield and during that time, he made 144 appearances for the Reds and managed to score 22 goals for them. He left Liverpool and went to continue his career at Hoffenheim, Kasimpasa, AL-Aim, Deportivo la Corina, and Beskitas before sealing a move back to England to join Fulham ahead of the 2018/2019 season.

He was a fans’ favorite at Fulham as he was able to score 5 goals in 16 appearances for the club. However, when Galatasaray came knocking on his door, he couldn’t turn them down. He has played 59 games for the Turkish outfit and has scored 13 goals for them in that period.

Hull were desperate to make their first signings of the Acun Ilicali era but having failed to sign Babel, they will now have to wait until the summer transfer window opens for business in a few months to make another attempt to sign the winger.

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