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Robbie Keane expected to join West Ham from Tottenham in cut-price deal
West Ham are confident of pushing through a cut-price deal for Robbie Keane after emerging as favourites to sign the unsettled Tottenham striker.
Sportsmail can reveal the relegation-threatened Upton Park club are actively pursuing Keane and believe they can see off competition from Birmingham, Newcastle, Fulham, Aston Villa and even America’s MLS to help him kick-start a career that has stalled in recent months.
With the 30-year old reluctant to uproot his family and in no mood to be dictated to by Tottenham over any decision on his future, West Ham chiefs are hoping to land him for barely half the £8million Birmingham were initially quoted.
They have made it clear they want him, irrespective of manager Avram Grant’s precarious position, and are eager to begin the task of convincing him he can help steer them away from trouble in the Barclays Premier League.
Though Keane has privately indicated he would like his next club to be in with a chance, at least, of competing for honours, West Ham’s negotiating team feel they can still entice him to Upton Park. (Daily Mail)
There is no doubting that West Ham’s chances of avoiding the drop would be greatly helped by the signing of Tottenham striker Robbie Keane but one wonders if a move from North London top four chasers to the East London strugglers will really appeal to the 30 year old who has offers from around the world that may be more appealing.
However, perhaps the Irish international is looking for a challenge and more importantly regular first team football and at Upton Park he would get both by the bucket-load. Keane is one of the most consistent goalscorers in the country, managing to register a least a dozen plus goals in each of the last eight seasons.
Avram Grant would dearly love to bring in an effective attacking weapon to help the Hammers beat the drop and Keane’s experience could prove invaluable.
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