Upton Park hope to sign White Hart Lane and Eastlands bench warmers.
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West Ham have had a formal bid to sign Robbie Keane rejected by Tottenham Hotspur but have not given up hope of acquiring the 30-year-old striker.
The Premier League’s bottom club offered £1 million in loan fees to take Keane until the end of the season. In addition there was a promise to pay a further £6 million to sign Keane on a permanent three-year deal should West Ham avoid relegation.
West Ham have also agreed to pay Keane the same £65,000-a-week wages that he receives at Spurs. Although Keane is desperate to leave White Hart Lane, Spurs are adamant that they want to do a permanent deal this month rather than a loan with an option to buy.
West Ham are also waiting to hear whether Wayne Bridge will join them ahead of Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season. (Telegraph)
Everyone at West Ham, from the manager to the tea lady, knows just how crucial it is to keep the club above the perforated relegation line come May and Avram Grant knows all to well that in order to do so they need to bring in some talent to help balance out a pretty poor Upton Park squad and with that in mind the East London side are making moves for two experienced Premier League campaigners.
Robbie Keane wants to leave Tottenham and Harry Redknapp wants to offload the Irish international but is keen on getting money up front for the 30 year old so that he can then take that money and reinvest in the January transfer window, you know just how much Harry likes the transfer window.
Avram Grant would probably love to just pay the £6m up front by Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are probably keen to keep costs down even though Keane is a player who scores goals wherever he goes.
Wayne Bridge is wanted by Aston Villa and is apparently on the kind of wages that would shock most right minded individuals and one wonders if West Ham are willing to shoulder those costs, even if it does mean staying in the top tier. The Man City man would also set the club back around £6m but Man City would probably happily accept a loan deal in the interim period before a projected purchase should he help the club stay up.
Either way, costs aside, both players would greatly improve their respective positions in the West Ham squad so it really is all down to how much the club is willing to spend to stay up.
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