Hammers tipped to win race for former £19m Liverpool star

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West Ham United have emerged as the new favourites to land Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane.

The former Liverpool striker has been the subject of a transfer tussle between a number of Barclays Premier League and Scottish Premier League outfits, with West Ham United now the apparent pace-setters according to

Avram Grant has been backed by the Hammers board despite heavy speculation over the weekend that Martin O'Neill would replace him at Upton Park, and transfer funds towards the signing of Keane would show their support further.

Currently out-of-favour at White Hart Lane, Keane started his career at Wolves before moving to Coventry City in 1999 and Inter Milan in 2000. Leeds United would sign the player after a loan the following year, before a first stint with Spurs began in 2002.


Liverpool would sign the Irish international striker in 2008, but his controversial stay at Anfield would only last a year under Rafael Benitez.

The Reds paid £19 million to bring the forward to Merseyside, but he was unable to break into the Liverpool first team on a regular basis despite support from the fans. He was sold back to Tottenham for £12 million.

After failing to secure a regular spot back at the Lane, Keane was loaned to Celtic at the close of last season and is now wanted permanently by a number of clubs, including the Hoops.

A valuation in the region of £8 million has made the striker a realistic target for a number of sides, including West Ham as they search for a striker to fire them to safety.

Nicklas Bendtner, Demba Ba and Pablo Mouche have all been linked with moves to Boleyn Ground in recent weeks, but Keane is likely to be West Ham's top target given his top flight experience.

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