Tottenham set to throw Keane a lifeline

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has stated that Robbie Keane may yet have a future at White Hart Lane.

The Republic of Ireland international found himself behind Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko in the striker pecking order in 2010/11, and was forced to go out on loan to West Ham. A transfer looked likely this summer, but with no concrete offers on the table, his manager has challenged him to fight for a first team place.

“I’ve said many times that Robbie’s a great professional, a great character and a great lad. He’s still a good player so let’s see what happens,” the 64-year-old told Sky Sports News.

“If he doesn’t go he’ll be here and start on level terms with the rest of the players so it’s up to him then to get in the team. If somebody wants to buy him and he feels he wants to move on then it’s great for everybody but we’ll wait and see.”

Spurs are believed to be interested in a number of new forwards including Leandro Damaio and Radamel Falcao, but have not reinforced in attack this summer as yet.