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West Ham United willing to take Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane on loan deal in bid to beat the drop
West Ham United are to join the bidding for Tottenham Hotspur’s Robbie Keane by offering the striker a six-month loan deal with the option of a three-year contract should he help keep them up.
Keane is surplus to requirements at Spurs with manager Harry Redknapp desperate to move him on so he can make room in his squad.
Aston Villa and Birmingham City — who have both wanted Keane in the past — have been linked with new moves, as have Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton, while there have been suggestions that the 30 year-old could be used as a makeweight to tempt Newcastle United into selling Andy Carroll.
West Ham have been offered Keane before and will resist Spurs’ attempts to use the negotiations as a way of obtaining Scott Parker.
Spurs are also hoping to move Jamie O’Hara to Upton Park and he is also interesting West Ham, who would have made a move for the midfielder in the summer had he not been injured.(Telegraph)
It looks like West Ham will back Avram Grant in the January transfer window as they look to extrictate themselves from a rather sticky situation. A move for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane seems like a win/win thing for all concerned. The Irishman gets first team football and a chance to prove himself (much like he did when he went on loan to Celtic last January) and the Hammers get a player eager to get himself firing on all cylinders.
Keane has not had much of a look in this season, managing just two starts in all competitions, but he is by no means over the hill and could well be the type of loan signing that saves the Hammers from the dreaded drop. If the former Liverpool, Leeds, Coventry, Wolves and Inter man keeps the club up he gets a nice three year deal at Upton Park. Remember we are talking about a player who has bagged 200+ top flight goals and is still just 30 so clearly a player who knows how to hit the back of the net wherever he has played.
Jamie O’Hara will also be a useful addition and again, like Keane, the attack minded midfielder is also looking for a fresh start and is clearly a player Avram Grant knows well from his time at Portsmouth. A deal for the pair is thought to be worth a reasonable £12.5m.
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