Sunday, 30 January 2011


West Ham United co-owner David Gold has confirmed that the Hammers have reached an agreement with Tottenham over a loan deal for striker Robbie Keane.

The Republic of Ireland international will move to Upton Park on loan until the end of the season and could be offered a permanent contract if the Hammers are not relegated.

Avram Grant's side defeated Nottingham Forest 3-2 in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday and are looking to get out of the relegation zone in the Premier League, having been stuck at the wrong end of the table throughout the course of the season.

After Sunday's game, Gold told BBC Sport: "We're delighted to sign a world-class striker.

"Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy drives a hard bargain but we've got our man."

Keane has barely featured this season for Tottenham, with Rafael van der Vaart often deployed behind a lone striker, and the former Liverpool man has been the subject of much speculation this window.

The Irishman's loan agreement with the club follows the recent signing of Senegal striker Demba Ba.

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