West Ham and Spurs in talks over Robbie Keane
Published 23:59 31/01/10 By Alan Nixon Exclusive
Tottenham want a stunning £1 million loan fee for skipper Robbie Keane - a shock deadline day target for struggling West Ham.
And Spurs have told the Hammers that they will also have to pay the Republic of Ireland striker's £70,000-a-week wages in full for the rest of the season to have him.
Hammers supremo David Sullivan is desperate to land Keane as a trophy capture for his club. He would prefer to have him on loan with a view to a full-time deal, but was quoted those sky-high figures yesterday.
Spurs would be willing to let Keane go to their capital rivals - a club they do not see eye-to-eye with on transfers - but they want a total of around £3 million for the rental agreement.
Sullivan is considering his options. He thinks Keane could keep his team in the top flight and save them the massive cost of relegation - and he may yet come up with the cash.
The clubs have also discussed the possibility of a full-time move or even a swap, but the loan option is now favourite and Sullivan is going to make that final decision today.
Hammers are recruiting Brazilian striker Ilan on a free transfer from St.Etienne and closing a deal for Benni McCarthy, but they want one more leading forward.
Spurs beat them to Eidur Gudjohnsen to add to the acrimony between the two clubs, leaving Sullivan wanting to do Keane instead - and having to face a major bill.
The Keane option is alive and is stopping Roman Pavlyuchenko from going out of White Hart Lane, but Spurs will call a halt to the possible move for their captain if the Russian goes.