Belfast Telegraph

Keane in Hammers switch

West Ham have completed the loan signing of Robbie Keane from Barclays Premier League rivals Tottenham.

The Hammers have agreed a deal which takes the Republic of Ireland striker initially on loan until the end of the season with a view to making a £6million deal permanent for the next two-and-a-half years, as long as they maintain their top flight status.

Keane told his new club's official website, www.whufc.co.uk: "I am ready to help West Ham stay in the Premier League, which is the most important thing for this club."

Keane passed a medical on Saturday night and put pen to paper on a contract after watching Sunday's 3-2 defeat of Nottingham Forest which puts the Hammers in the last 16 of the FA Cup.

He said: "I am really pleased to have signed and now I just can't wait to start training and playing football.

"I feel as fit as I ever have done in my life and I feel I have plenty left to offer at the highest level for at least the next four or five years.

"I want to help anywhere I can help the football club, whether that is in training, in the dressing room or on the pitch on a matchday. We have some good players here and I am sure we can stay up.

"When I went on loan to Celtic I scored 17 goals in 19 games and if I can do even half as well as I did there, then I'll be happy."

Hammers boss Avram Grant believes the 30-year-old is just the character the Hammers need in their fight against relegation.

Grant said: "He (Keane) is not just a good player, he is a good character that we need in the next 14 games."

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