Allardyce joins long queue to sign keane
BLACKBURN manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed his place in the large group of managers who wish to sign Robbie Keane in January, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL
Allardyce said he would be interested in both Keane and his fellow Spurs exile David Bentley if they are up for sale. Considering Harry Redknapp said last week that he was open to offers for the Ireland captain, then the path is clear for the Ewood Park club to make an approach.
However, Allardyce is aware that financial issues will dictate what happens. Keane is rumoured to be on £70,000 a week at Spurs, and also has interest from West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa.
With the Londoners looking for a fee in the region of £5m, then the club who comes closest to meeting those targets are in pole position to win the race.
"If Tottenham say that Robbie Keane and David Bentley are available, then you are always interested in quality players. If they are, then I think we will be one of many clubs in the Premier League who would be interested," said Allardyce yesterday.
"I have identified some targets and I've discussed it with the chairman and he will discuss it with the new owners. It's just a question of how much, that's the key element because there are various targets and we will not rule out a loan signing either."
Meanwhile, Rangers striker James Beattie believes the departure of Kenny Miller in January would damage the Scottish champions hopes of regaining the SPL title.
The Scotland striker has bagged 19 goals this season to help the Govan club to the top of the SPL and into the last 32 of the Europa League. However, it was reported yesterday that Miller, in the last year of his current contract, is set to leave Ibrox when the upcoming transfer window opens after talks about a new deal broke down.
Beattie (32), speaking ahead of today's trip to Inverness in the SPL, where he hopes to get a start to cap his return from a hip injury, recognised Miller's contribution to the club this season.
"It would be a tremendous loss to the club," he said. "To lose any of your top players would be a blow, but I'm sure the club is doing everything they can to keep him."