It’s the news that all Spurs fans were fearing. When Liverpool were linked with Robbie Keane earlier this summer, it appeared to be idle speculation. After all, there’s plenty of that about in the tabloids. However, the rumour that the Reds wanted to sign the Irishman just wouldn’t go away and now we know why.
The Daily Telegraph report that Keano is on the verge of heading over to Anfield where he’ll put pen to paper (not that that means much these days!). Rafael Benitez looks to have landed his man and Liverpool have a very attractive-looking strikeforce as a result.
Keane is expected to put pen to paper on a £18 million deal over the weekend, despite his employers at White Hart Lane having lodged a formal complaint with the Premier League over Liverpool’s conduct in this whole affair, although Spurs themselves made no comment before the fixture kicked off regarding their captain’s subsequent absence from the team line-up.
It is believed that Keane, 28, has already informed Tottenham coach Juande Ramos of his desire to join Liverpool, the club he supported as a boy and the fact that the player was removed from the Spurs squad in Spain without suffering any apparent injury, unlike his strike partner Dimitar Berbatov, who played the whole 90 minutes, only heightens the sense that the transfer is a fait accompli.
At the age of 28, you can’t blame the player for wanting to sign for Liverpool, especially with the chance to challenge for the Premier League title and also participate in the Champions League. Spurs fans, are you gutted at the news that your star striker is leaving, or do you trust Ramos to bring in a more than able replacement?