Liverpool's exclusion of Robbie Keane adds fuel to Tottenham rumours

01 February 2009 02:22
The Spaniard even hinted that he had not originally sanctioned the £20 million summer move for Keane when asked why he was leaving such a highly valued player out. [LNB]"The club spent £20 million on Robbie Keane. The club," he said. "I have been talking with Robbie in training about how they have to be ready if they are on the bench."[LNB]This latest exclusion has fuelled rumours that Harry Redknapp and Tottenham will make an 11th-hour bid for 28-year-old Keane before the close of the transfer window on Monday at 5pm. [LNB]Any addition to his striker force would be a welcome arrival for Redknapp, who earlier this week was told that Jermain Defoe faces at least four weeks out after picking up a foot injury in training. [LNB]Last week Benitez said he had been less than impressed with Redknapp's comments regarding his admiration for Keane and claimed he had deliberately sought to unsettle the striker. [LNB]Redknapp has since retaliated and questioned what it was he had actually done wrong. "It (a move for Keane) was never a goer and I don't know what it was all about really," he said. [LNB]"We didn't make a bid for him as far as I know. The chairman asks me who I like, I tell him and sometimes he makes inquiries for players. [LNB]"The comments I made, there was certainly nothing wrong with any of them. I don't know why the manager of Liverpool gets so upset about everything, it's strange. [LNB]"Have you seen what I said? Have you heard what I said? What did I say? Some young lady said to me 'do you wish you still had Robbie Keane?' [LNB]"I said Robbie Keane is a terrific player but he belongs to Liverpool so it's not a possibility. I didn't say I'm trying to get Robbie Keane. [LNB]"(But) I wouldn't sit here and say I wouldn't like to see him back - I'd be a liar." [LNB]

Source: Telegraph