Sunday, July 20, 2008

Keane 'set to join Liverpool'

Reports suggest that Liverpool are close to completing the signing of Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane.
Keane, along with strike partner Dimitar Berbatov, has been tipped to leave White Hart Lane this summer after Spurs boss Juande Ramos admitted that they may have to be sold to balance the books.
The Liverpool Echo newspaper claim that a deal has almost been done and is expected to be completed within the next 48 hours.
"We're going to see how this ends, but we're speaking about two very important footballers," Ramos had told AS.
"For the moment they are with us but, whatever happens, our plan is to have a good squad with a potential that helps us to do better than last year.
"We have to be realistic, see where we start from and who are going to compete with us. Important clubs have been spending a lot of money for years and have a certain advantage, that's why they say they want to sign our players.
"Obviously we understand there's a top four composed of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, who are the ones that qualified for the Champions League in the last few years and challenging them is very complicated.
"Our aim is to finish in this top four, but we are aware of the fact it's difficult and that other teams will fight for the same goal.
"At Tottenham we have had a clear philosophy regarding buying and selling for years. You need to understand that this club is in the transfer market, a company that needs to debrief at the end of the financial year.
"The idea is signing young players, promising and talented ones and, if important offers for older players are made, studying it to see what is the best for the club

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