Tottenham Hotspur outcast Robbie Keane faces a race against the clock to rush through a move before the close of the transfer window or else he may not feature again this season.
The Spurs striker is struggling to make manager Harry Redknapp’s 25-man Barclays Premier League squad - which has to be submitted again by the end of the month, and the player has been told he can leave for a cut-price £6million.
Keane was said to have angered White Hart Lane chiefs when he priced himself out of a move to Birmingham City by demanding £65,000-a-week wages and a four-year contract earlier this month.
West Ham United and Stoke City have since expressed interest in the Tottenham captain who spent half a season at Liverpool between his two stints with Redknapp at Spurs.
But the 30-year-old is now keen to move again following comments from his international manager Giovanni Trappatoni that he needs to be playing regular first-team football.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Trappatoni explained, “I have said it is important to him [Keane] that he goes and plays.
“We need him to play games. We have options but it's important that we do not put too much pressure on the shoulders of young players. That is dangerous.”
West Ham have tried to negotiate a deal to bring Keane to Upton Park for the rest of the season and offered a £1m loan fee. But Spurs are only interested in a permanent sale and are in no mood to help their Olympic Stadium rivals.
Manager Avram Grant is looking for additional firepower to help try and steer the Hammers away from the relegation zone, and believes Keane would be an exceptional acquisition.