Ryan Babel returning to Ajax

Ajax says it has agreed to sign winger Ryan Babel – who started

his playing career at the Amsterdam club – on a one-year

contract.

The club says Babel, who has been released by Hoffenheim, will

sign his contract once the former Liverpool midfielder has

completed a medical.

Ajax director of football Marc Overmars said Friday that Babel

wanted to return to the club he played 111 matches for after making

his debut in 2004 ”to prove he’s a good player.”

Overmars says the contract does not have to be signed by the

midnight end of the transfer window because Babel is a free

agent.