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Sunday 19 August 2018

Hammers make fresh swoop for Robbie

West Ham have made fresh moves to sign Ireland captain Robbie Keane.

The Hammers are believed to have agreed to Tottenham's stipulation that they will pay a £6million transfer fee should they avoid relegation.

Spurs will receive a £1m loan fee for the Dubliner, with West Ham prepared to cover his wages of £65,000 a week for the remainder of the season and commit to a three-year contract on the same terms. West Ham are waiting for Tottenham's response.

It remains to be seen whether Keane will agree to those terms, but his options are limited if he wants to play. If the 30-year-old fails to sign, then West Ham will turn to Stoke City's Tuncay Sanli, who would cost £4.5m, and are also expecting to complete the loan signing of Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba before the weekend.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp had previously stated that Keane would not be allowed to leave the club on a loan arrangement, but the club appear willing to compromise on that stipulation as they are keen to move the Tallaght man out to make room for a new face.

Keane is also under pressure to secure regular football after he was warned by Giovanni Trapattoni that his Ireland place was under threat.

He was ring rusty in the Euro 2012 qualifier with Slovakia last October and Ireland manager Trapattoni has indicated he would not play his captain in March's clash with Macedonia if he entered the game without playing matches.

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