Babbel declares interest in Wiese

Tactician to increase the competition in his squad

Markus Babbel: Hoffenheim coach wants to improve his squad this summer

Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel has confirmed he is interested in signing Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese.

The 30-year-old will be out of contract this summer and has already informed club officials that he will be leaving the club.

Wiese, who is Germany's number two goalkeeper, denied claims that he has already signed a deal with Hoffenheim but Babbel admits he will attempt to make it happen.

He told Deutsche Presseagentur: "Nothing has been sorted out with the player yet. But if there is someone like him available, we need to pull out all the stops to sign him.

Champions League

"We are ambitious and want to play in the European competitions at this club in the future. My ultimate goal is to lead this club to the UEFA Champions League."

Should Wiese arrive, he would most likely replace fans' favourite Tom Starke between the posts and Babbel says he has already discussed such an eventuality with his vice-captain.

"He reacted very professionally," added Babbel. "That is just what I expected from him.

"One thing is clear - in professional football, you do have battles for places in every position and you have got to deal with that."