West Ham Keane to help Grant
Published 23:00 18/01/11 By Darren Lewis
West Ham are proving their “commitment” to Avram Grant by stepping up their bid to land Robbie Keane from Spurs.
Co-owner David Sullivan insisted yesterday the Hammers hierarchy backed the manager, despite the club having actively tried to replace Grant with Martin O’Neill.
Sullivan said: “The entire board is 100 per cent behind Avram. We will do all we can to bring in players over the next 12 days and, once we have achieved that, we hope it will keep us up.”
The east Londoners have made a move for Republic of Ireland striker Keane, who has made just 13 appearances for his club this season.
They are set to raise the cash needed to buy Keane by selling wing-back Valon Behrami and are understood to have accepted an offer of around £6m from Fiorentina.
West Ham are also tracking Hoffenheim striker Demba Ba, 25, with the German club poised to land Liverpool’s Ryan Babel as a £7m replacement.