Keane and West Ham
Avram Grant admits that he would like to sign Keane from Spurs despite West Ham’s massive debt
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The transfer window is closing soon and West Ham United are keen to add more new recruits ahead of their season of struggle.
Robbie Keane is definitely on Avram Grant’s radar, with the Hammers manager admitting that he would like to sign the Tottenham striker in the next day or two.
“The club has big, big debts but he’s a player I would like to get,” said the Israeli coach.
Keane’s first team opportunities look to be limited at White Hart Lane this season, although Harry Redknapp is reluctant to allow a valuable squad player leave the club.
Indeed, it’s Aston Villa who are Sky Bet’s 6/4 favourites to sign Keane before the end of the transfer window, with Celtic available at 2/1 and Newcastle at 4/1.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Robbie Keane is staying at White Hart Lane if there are no arrivals between now and end of the transfer window on Tuesday night.
On one hand, the Spurs manager’s comments are reassuring for the Dubliner but he has left the door open for a move, should a replacement arrive in the next 24 hours or so.
“I wouldn’t accept an offer for Robbie Keane before the window shuts, not at the moment,” he is reported as saying today. “We haven’t got anybody else. I couldn’t afford to let him go.”
Keane, who linked with the Ireland squad in Dublin today ahead of Euro 2012 qualifiers against Armenia and Andorra, is not short of admirers elsewhere. Aston Villa and Newcastle United are thought to be monitoring his situation closely, while West Ham boss Avram Grant has also expressed his interest in bringing the Republic of Ireland captain to Upton Park.
The Hammers, who remain pointless three games into the new season, are looking to bring in fresh faces before tomorrow’s transfer deadline but funds are proving difficult to come by.
“The club has big, big debts but he (Keane) is a player I would like to get,” said the Israeli coach. Grant may need to sell before he can buy, with speculation rife over the Upton Park futures of Scott Parker, Carlton Cole and Valon Behrami.
If Liverpool improve their reported offer for Cole, that situation may arise, but it is Spurs’ pursuit of Aston Villa’s Ashley Young that is more likely to be the catalyst for a Keane move. Villa say there has been no approach yet, nor would they welcome one, but cash plus Keane, may be hard for owner Randy Lerner to turn down.