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Besiktas make shock Keane bid

Image: Keane: Wanted in Istanbul understands that Besiktas have launched a surprise bid to sign Robbie Keane on loan.

But Turks likely to be foiled in race against transfer deadline understands that Besiktas have launched a surprise bid to sign out-of-favour Tottenham striker Robbie Keane on a season-long loan. The Turkish club would be able to offer the Republic of Ireland captain the first-team football that he craves but has found in short supply at Spurs since returning from his failed time at Liverpool. Harry Redknapp, who re-signed Keane in February 2009, has preferred to use Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko, and letting fringe players leave would make room in his 25-man Premier League squad for other options. Republic of Ireland captain Keane was loaned to Celtic for the second half of last season and he has been repeatedly linked with another temporary move away from White Hart Lane. Keane is a target of West Ham manager Avram Grant, who knows Redknapp from their time together at Portsmouth, and it is thought that Spurs could offer the forward as bait in their last-ditch attempts to land midfielder Scott Parker. Besiktas, though, have hopes to scupper any deal, if it materialises, as they are understood to be eager to take 30-year-old to Istanbul. The Turkish club are known to be seeking attacking reinforcements and were showing interest in Manchester City forward Robinho.

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