White Hart Lane striker moves to Upton Park as Redknapp misses out on Hammers most prized possession.
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Relegation-threatened West Ham have completed the loan signing of striker Robbie Keane from Tottenham until the end of the season.
The Hammers have brought the Republic of Ireland international to Upton Park with a view to making the deal permanent at the end of the campaign.
“We’re delighted to sign a world-class striker,” said chairman David Gold.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has suggested West Ham would have to buy Keane if the struggling club avoided relegation.
West Ham are also understood to have turned down a bid from Spurs for Scott Parker.
The Hammers are desperate to keep influential midfielder Parker as they battle against the drop and it is believed Spurs offered over £10m for the England international but that was rejected.
West Ham were wise to turn down advances for Scott Parker because one would guess that without the battling midfielder there chances of avoiding relegation would be somewhere near zero, such is the importance of the former Newcastle and Chelsea man to the Hammers fortunes.
The signing of Robbie Keane on loan could also prove a master-stroke and the Irish international will be keen to hit the ground running and you wouldn’t be against the 30 year old getting some crucial goals as the Hammers look to push their way out of trouble.
Harry Redknapp has spoken at length about his lack of central midfield enforcers and given the poor form of Wilson Palacios that need is ever greater and Scott Parker may well have assisted Tottenham’s push for a top four finish and the England hopeful would of course also have been available for Champions League duty, it seems that the White Hart Lane boss will have to look elsewhere to resolve that issue.