London clubs in late bid for Babel

Spurs and West Ham have reportedly made last-ditch moves for Liverpool winger Ryan Babel, who doesn’t seem to figure in Roy Hodgson’s plans.

It is believed the London duo have contacted the Reds to ask about Dutch flyer Babel’s availability.

Liverpool are thought to be willing to let Babel move on for the right fee as Hodgson looks to reshape his squad at Anfield.

West Ham have held a long-term interest in Babel and he has been mentioned in a possible swap deal with Carlton Cole.

Tottenham are thought to have turned their attentions to Babel after missing out on a number of other top targets.

Babel’s long-term future at Liverpool has been the subject of speculation for some time, with the Dutchman struggling to hold down a regular place in the starting XI under both Rafa Benitez and Hodgson.

Any move could depend on whether Liverpool can bring in a replacement for Babel before the close of the window.