Keane closes on Reds switch

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Liverpool are understood to be closing on the capture of Tottenham striker Robbie Keane.

Benitez set to land Republic of Ireland ace

Liverpool are understood to be closing on the capture of Tottenham striker Robbie Keane for a fee that could rise to £20million. The Reds have been tracking the Republic of Ireland international's services for most of the summer and now appear set to land their man. Keane is thought to have undergone a medical and could even fly to Spain and join his new team-mates as early as Tuesday ahead of their friendly against Villarreal. It is believed Liverpool concluded a deal for the former Leeds United ace with Spurs at the weekend. The final figure could rise as high as £20million including add-ons.

Upset

Keane's imminent departure is unlikely to go down well with Spurs fans after stating in May that he would continue to play for the White Hart Lane outfit until he was no longer wanted. Rafa Benitez's desire to bolster his strike forced increased earlier this month following the departure of England international Peter Crouch to former club Portsmouth. Keane is expected to pen a lucrative five-year £80,000-a-week contract at Anfield.

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