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My time at Spurs almost over: Keane

Robbie Keane accepts he is “probably” entering his final days as a Tottenham player.

The Republic of Ireland captain, who will lead his country and win his 109th cap in tonight's friendly against Croatia, expects to leave his current club before the close of the transfer window at the end of August.

Keane, 31, has fallen behind several others, including Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe, in Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp's plans.

He has been linked with several clubs over the summer yet remains a Spurs player with just three days left before the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.

“It's probably likely that I will be going but I can't really answer where to at the moment,” Keane said.

“There's obviously a lot of speculation but there's still a couple of weeks to go and we'll see what happens.

“I haven't turned down anything. I think there's a few people talking to the clubs but that's all I can really say at the moment.

“I'm sure in the next couple of weeks it will be sorted out. It's very unlikely anything will happen before the weekend.”

Asked if his preference was to stay in London, Keane said: “No, I'll move. For me, it's just about playing regular football and if that's outside London I'm not too bothered.”

Meanwhile Emile Sinclair scored twice as League Two minnows Macclesfield topped the bill on a night of Carling Cup upsets with a 2-0 win over npower Championship Hull at the KC Stadium.

RESULTS: Accrington Stanley 0 Scunthorpe 2, Barnsley 0 Morecambe 2, Bournemouth 5 Dag & Red 0, Brighton 1 Gillingham 0, Burnley 6 Burton Albion 3 (AET), Bury 3 Coventry 1, Cheltenham 1 MK Dons 4, Derby 2 Shrewsbury 3, Doncaster 3 Tranmere 0, Exeter 2 Yeovil 0, Hartlepool 1 Sheffield Utd 1 (Sheff Utd win 4-3 on pens), Hereford 1 Brentford 0, Hull 0 Macclesfield 2, Ipswich 1 Northampton 2, Leeds 3 Bradford 2, Nott'm Forest 3 Notts County 3 (Nottm Forest win 4-3 on pens), Oldham 1 Carlisle 1 (Carlisle win 4-2 on pens), Plymouth 0 Millwall 1, Portsmouth 0 Barnet 1, Port Vale 2 Huddersfield 4, Preston 3 Crewe 2, Rochdale 3 Chesterfield 2 (AET), Rotherham 1 Leicester 4, Southampton 4 Torquay 1, Southend 1 Leyton Orient 1 (Orient win 4-3 on pens), Stevenage 3 Peterborough 4 (AET), Walsall 0 Middlesbrough 3, Wycombe 3 Colchester 3 (Wycombe win 5-4 on pens).

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