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Liverpool sign Keane on four-year deal

jelly1232010-05-02 18:13:08 +0000 #1
Liverpool has signed Robbie Keane from Tottenham on a four-year deal, completing one of the biggest Premier League transfers of the off-season.

Liverpool announced the deal on Monday after the Ireland captain passed a medical examination with the club. Spurs said it agreed to a 19 million pound ($A39.74 million) transfer fee over the weekend, after the striker decided to accept an offer to join the club he supported as a boy.

Liverpool needed to strengthen its attacking options following the departure of England striker Peter Crouch to Portsmouth, and manager Rafael Benitez hopes Keane will forge a potent partnership with Fernando Torres.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy expressed his disappointment over the move, saying Spurs were forced into selling Keane by Liverpool's aggressive pursuit.

"I have already made my opinion clear on the nature of this transaction," Levy said. "I don't regard it as a transfer deal - that is something which happens between two clubs when they both agree to trade - this is very much an enforced sale."

The 28-year-old Keane has been with Spurs for six years, his longest ever spell with a team following stints with Wolves, Coventry, Inter Milan and Leeds, and last season became the 15th player to hit 100 goals for the club.

He helped Tottenham win the League Cup last season with victory over Chelsea, with his lengthy and enthusiastic celebratory jig on the Wembley pitch further cementing his status as a popular player with the Spurs fans.

Ireland's record scorer with 33 goals, Keane had two years remaining on his Tottenham contract.

Tottenham also said it would not pursue a complaint it filed to the Premier League about comments made by Benitez during the club's pursuit of Keane.



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