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Grant tries to Hammer out a deal for Keane

West Ham United yesterday made a fresh bid to sign Republic of Ireland skipper Robbie Keane, agreeing to Tottenham Hotspur's demand that they guarantee to pay a £6m 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, who face Birmingham City tonight in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final, are waiting for Tottenham's response.

Meanwhile Avram Grant believes West Ham deserve to land a first Wembley appearance in 30 years.

The Hammers take a 2-1 lead to St Andrew's, but their last Wembley appearance was in 1981, also in the League Cup final, where they drew 1-1 with Liverpool only to lose in the replay at Villa Park.

Grant said: “To be at Wembley after such a long time would be very good and, if I may say it, we deserve it.”

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