Belfast Telegraph

Allardyce keen on Spurs duo

Sam Allardyce admitted he would be interested in signing Robbie Keane or David Bentley if they become available in January.

The Blackburn manager, who was flattered to be tipped by Fabio Capello on Thursday as his possible successor as England boss, will keep an eye on developments regarding the Spurs players but believes he will be in a long queue for their services.

Allardyce said: "If Tottenham say that Robbie Keane and David Bentley are available then you are always interested in quality players. If they are, then I think we will be one of many, many clubs in the Barclays Premier League who would be interested."

He added: "I have identified some targets and some talks have started - I've discussed it with the chairman and he will discuss it with the new owners.

"It's just a question of how much, that's the key element because there are various targets at various prices and we will not rule out a loan signing either."

Allardyce and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp were named by Capello as candidates to succeed him after Euro 2012 but the Rovers manager would not be drawn on that likelihood.

He said: "I hope they stick to having an English manager next. Whether that's me in contention I don't know but it's very nice of Fabio to mention my name. It's very flattering especially when it's a man of his standing in the game.

"But it's too far away to consider that situation. When he said he was going to move on when the European Championships finished and everybody asked the question, I said 'it depends what I'm doing at that particular time and how well I'm doing'.

"They may also have a change of heart and decide it's not going to be an Englishman."


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