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Robbie Keane set to leave Tottenham

4 December 2010 2,412 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp last night confirmed that Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane would be leaving the club in January on a permanent deal. The Spurs boss ruled out a loan move for Ireland’s highest ever goalscorer, and talked about how hard it was leaving Keane out of recent squads.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Redknapp told journalists that Keane is likely to leave in January. “I think he’d like to move – he wants to play, you know?” said the Spurs boss. “He’s not used to not playing. All his career, he’s played and been a big player and he wants to play.

“And probably the hardest decision I had to make was last week: I couldn’t get him on the bench. It wasn’t easy when you respect somebody and what a good player he is or has been. It was hard, because he’s still a good player.”

When asked where Keane may end up, Redknapp’s reply was refreshingly honest. “”Whoever offers the biggest fee will, I suppose, be the answer in January,” said the 63 year old manager.

Already the subject of over 70 million pounds worth of transfer fees, Keane has been linked with a large number of clubs, including the Vancouver Whitecaps, an expansion team in the Major League. However, earlier this week, Whitecaps chief executive officer Paul Barber, a former director of Tottenham, refused to confirm the rumour. “We haven’t made any firm decisions on designated players but over the next few weeks, that’s going to be at the top of our agenda as we move into the January transfer window, Barber told the Globe and Mail. “There are a lot of great players out there. Robbie Keane, having worked with him for five years — fantastic player, great guy — but we’ve got our minds open to a very large market.”

Other reports state that both Glasgow Celtic and Leicester City were looking at loan moves for the player, but these were turned down. With the transfer window set to reopen in under a month, there’s bound to be lots of speculation about where the eleventh highest Premier League goalscorer will end up.

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