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Hammers Keane to seal deal

WEST HAM co-owner David Gold has confirmed his club's desire to sign Robbie Keane before the transfer window closes on Monday, writes Daniel McDonnell.

The Upton Park club have struggled to agree terms with Spurs -- they favour a loan and the Irish skipper's employers want a permanent deal -- and are also slightly perturbed that Keane's representatives are seeking a three-and-a-half-year deal, which would be a significant financial commitment for a player of his age (30).

However, Gold has admitted that Keane is the kind of signing the Hammers want to make, with a view to securing their Premier League survival.

"All players that are available from top-quality clubs, we are looking at those players, and Robbie Keane is a player we greatly admire," said Gold last night.

"He is clearly available and quality players rarely are. We see him as a potential acquisition."

Keane's equally frustrated Irish colleague Shay Given is set to stay with Manchester City, however, with Roberto Mancini confirming that he would not allow the Donegal man to leave because there was no way he could find a replacement of similar quality.

Given is stuck behind Joe Hart at Eastlands, although his chances of first-team involvement have marginally improved after some errors from the young Englishman in recent weeks.

Irish Independent