Hoffenheim discard Babel joins Ajax

Former Netherlands international Ryan Babel has agreed a one-year deal with Ajax Amsterdam after he was released by Bundesliga club Hoffenheim.

The 25-year-old wide player, who has won 42 caps for the Netherlands, came up through the youth ranks at Ajax before joining Liverpool in a big-money move in 2007.

He struggled to make an impact in the Premier League and joined Hoffenheim in 2011.