With Robbie Keane back among the Tottenham ranks after a spell with West Ham, Harry Redknapp says that, contrary to reports, the experienced striker could still have a role to play at White Hart Lane.
The Republic of Ireland captain joined the Hammers on loan during the January transfer window and, had the east Londoners managed to stay in the Barclays Premier League, Keane would have secured a permanent switch to Upton Park.
Keane, 31, scored twice during his time at the Boleyn but failed to save the Irons from relegation, and must now file for duty at the Lane once more.
It has been speculated that Keane will leave Spurs during the summer and, unsurprisingly, a number of clubs have been linked with the former Leeds man.
But, should Keane remain in north London, Redknapp would be more than happy - and has told the Irishman that he and his fellow forwards are on a level playing field.
"I've said many times that Robbie's a great professional, a great character and a great lad," the Spurs boss told Sky Sports News. "He's still a good player so let's see what happens.
"If he doesn't go he'll be here and start on level terms with the rest of the players so it's up to him then to get in the team.
"If somebody wants to buy him and he feels he wants to move on then it's great for everybody but we'll wait and see."
Keane has scored 111 times in two spells with Spurs, but now faces competition for a place against Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe, Rafael Van der Vaart and Roman Pavlyuchenko.
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