Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Newcastle United look to sign Robbie Keane

Newcastle are poised to join the race for Robbie Keane when the transfer window reopens in January.

The out-of-favour Spurs man has a number of clubs queuing up for his services with Gerard Houllier interested in bringing the 30-year-old to Aston Villa and West Ham also viewing the Dubliner as the possible solution to their relegation troubles.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy would also love to reunite himself with Ireland's all-time record goalscorer.

However, Newcastle has emerged as a possible destination once again, after being linked with the Tallaght man when Chris Hughton was in charge.

Keane, who is settled in London, has shunned moves to the North East in the past, with Sunderland rebuffed on more than one occasion.

Yet it's understood that Hughton's replacement, Alan Pardew — who was unveiled yesterday — has lobbied for a war chest, although it has been mooted that star man Andy Carroll will be sold to raise funds.

Bringing in a forward with top-flight experience is an immediate priority.

Keane is on the radar after Harry Redknapp acknowledged that he was open to offers for his former captain.

He was allowed go out on loan to Celtic last January, but the Spurs manager has indicated that the highest bidder will win out this time.

A stumbling block is Keane's rumoured £70,000-a-week wages. It's likely that he will be forced to take a pay cut if he is to join a club in the nether regions of the table.

West Ham tried to lure Keane to East London in August, and boss Avram Grant subsequently said that the player would be welcome at Upton Park anytime. Staying in London would appeal to Keane, but the prospect of relegation would not.

The Hammers are reportedly willing to shell out £5m to nab his signature.

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