West Ham agree loan deal for Keane
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West Ham United have agreed a deal to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane on loan until the end of the season, according to co-owner David Gold.

Keane was at Upton Park today to see Victor Obinna score a hat-trick as the Hammers beat Nottingham Forest 3-2 in the FA Cup fourth round.

West Ham are believed to have negotiated a deal which takes Keane on loan until the end of the season with a view to making a permanent £6million switch to the east London club.

I am really pleased to have signed and now I just can't wait to start training and playing football.
Robbie Keane, West Ham striker

"I am really pleased to have signed and now I just can't wait to start training and playing football," said Keane. "I feel as fit as I ever have done in my life and I feel I have plenty left to offer at the highest level for at least the next four or five years.

"I want to help anywhere I can help the football club, whether that is in training, in the dressing room or on the pitch on a matchday. We have some good players here and I am sure we can stay up. When I went on loan to Celtic I scored 17 goals in 19 games and if I can do even half as well as I did there, then I'll be happy."

Gold told BBC Sport: "We're delighted to sign a world-class striker. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy drives a hard bargain but we've got our man."

Hammers manager Avram Grant is hopeful Keane can help lift his struggling team away from the relegation zone and he added: "He [Keane] is not just a good player, he is a good character that we need in the next 14 games."