Saturday, 6 December 2008

Tottenham Want Their "Robbie Keane" Back...

Tottenham Hotspur are set to bid to take Robbie Keane back to White Hart Lane in January, reports the News of the World, and an offer that anything like approaches the £20 million that Liverpool paid for the Irish striker's services could see the player heading back to North London.

Tottenham Want Liverpool's Keane Back - Reports

Keane, a Liverpool fan as a boy, has struggled to make an impact at Anfield, where the Reds' way of playing does not seem to suit his all-action style.

The player's days on Merseyside are rumoured to be numbered anyway, as he remained sitting on the bench throughout Liverpool's 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon. Now Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is looking to test Rafa Benitez's resolve in hanging onto the player.

Benitez could well be tempted by the deal as a means of recouping some of the money squandered in his summer transfer dealings. Out of all the players signed, only Albert Riera has looked anything like at home at Anfield.

Left-back Andrea Dossena, signed £7m from Udinese, is set to be offloaded back to Italy at the first opportunity, whilst right-back Philipp Degen, who was given a £2m signing-on fee and £38,000-a-week salary when he joined from Borussia Dortmund, has barely featured for the Reds after suffering a succession of injuries.

Benitez is rumoured to want to bring Emile Heskey in, as well as some competition in the full-back positions. Keane's departure may well ease this, though there are likely to be complex financial implications if the Irishman were to move.

Keane has played 90 minutes for Liverpool only three times so far this season and has been subsituted 15 times. He has scored four goals.

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