Quinn rules out Keane move
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has ruled out a move for Robbie Keane as they search for a replacement for Darren Bent.
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Last Updated: 20/01/11 7:24am
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has ruled out a move for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane as they search for a replacement for Darren Bent.
The Black Cats are drawing up a list of transfer targets to replace Bent at the Stadium of Light following his switch to Aston Villa.
Keane's future at Tottenham has been the subject of intense speculation for some time with the former Liverpool and Coventry man struggling to hold down a regular place in Harry Redknapp's side.
Quinn, who played alongside Keane with the Republic of Ireland, insists Sunderland are not in the market for his fellow Irishman as he is not what they are looking for.
"What we are looking for to help (Asamoah) Gyan and Danny Welbeck along is probably a physical presence," Quinn told Kildare TV.
"Robbie works well off a big physical player, but we don't have that now so Robbie doesn't quite suit us now."
The likes of Aston Villa's John Carew, Tottenham's Peter Crouch, Stoke's Ricardo Fuller and Cardiff hit-man Jay Bothroyd have all been linked with a move to the Stadium of Light.
Bent's move to Villa came as something of a surprise, but Quinn admits he had a feeling something was up with the England international last month.
"Darren is bubbly. He's always in great form. About three or four weeks ago, I came in one day and I felt something was up with him," added Quinn.
"Having been in the game, you kind of know when somebody has something going on in their heads, and it transpired that's what happened," he said. "When the transfer request, came in, that was the final nail. The only job then was to get as good a fee as possible for the club.
"I would never knock him for what has happened. It happens with footballers. In some ways, there'll be people saying you can't blame him, he'll have gotten a very big pay rise. I'd have personally been motivated to try and get the club into Europe first."