Fulham have confirmed the signing of the former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel on a shot-term deal until the end of season.

The Dutch international has moved to Craven Cottage from Besiktas – making a return to English football eight years after leaving Anfield. Babel scored 22 goals in 146 appearances for Liverpool, before embarking on a series of moves across Europe that saw him play for Hoffenheim, enjoy a second spell at Ajax, move to Kasimpasa, Al-Ain, Deportivo La Coruna and then Besiktas.

The 32 year-old told the official Fulham website: “My first impressions are good and I’m very excited. I definitely have faith that Fulham can stay up. That’s one of the reasons that I’m here, to try and help that to happen. I’m ready to go, I’m excited and I can’t wait.”