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Keane set for Anfield exit by lfctalk
February 1, 2009, 18:35
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The Daily Mail are claiming that Robbie Keane is on the verge of a £15million return to Tottenham.

Rafael Benitez left the Irish striker out of his squad for the game with Chelsea, which suggests he is being spared the threat of injury that would ruin any deal with his former club.

The omission of Keane prompted Harry Redknapp, off the back of losing Jermain Defoe – another striker in his second stint with Spurs – to injury, to open negotiations.

Keane, the Republic of Ireland captain, scored 107 goals for the White Hart Lane club between 2002-2008 and although he upset some fans with the manner of his departure for Anfield last July, most are likely to welcome him back.

Tottenham are said unwilling to repay the £20.3m that Liverpool paid for Keane last Summer, but the clubs are working to agree a fee before the end of the transfer window tomorrow.

Keane’s potential exit would be a victory for Benitez, who was left fuming after being denied the £18m needed to sign Aston Villa’s captain, Gareth Barry. The deal for Keane was said to be pushed through by Rick Parry – against Benitez’s wishes.

Keane, a boyhood Red, will be distraught at having to leave but has been unhappy at the deeplying role he has at Anfield. Benitez indicated last night that he had not sanctioned paying £20m for Keane, stating that: “The club spent it.”

“It’s a day off for the players not in the squad. We don’t insist they come to the game.” added Benitez, on the subject of whether Keane would be present at Anfield.

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