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Last Updated: Monday, 28 November 2005, 14:05 GMT
Pardew would break bank for Keane
THE RACE FOR ROY
Roy Keane
Confirmed interest: Bolton, Celtic, Man City, Portsmouth, West Brom, West Ham, Wigan
Not interested: Juventus, Birmingham, Tottenham, Roma
West Ham manager Alan Pardew is going to ask his board to back him in a bid to take former Manchester United captain Roy Keane to Upton Park.

Pardew has not been put off a possible approach for Keane, 34, despite reports he would want around 90,000 a week.

"I'm sure there would be a queue of clubs interested in him," said Pardew.

"We do have a wage structure, but for a player of Roy Keane's calibre I would ask the chairman and the board to do everything they could."

He added: "If there was any chance he would come here, I hope we would try everything to get him to West Ham."

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan said on Sunday that he wants to speak to Keane about a possible move to the Glasgow club.

Strachan said: "Last week we made it clear if Roy would like to speak to us we'd be only too happy to do so - I fully support that statement."

As well as Celtic and West Ham, Premiership clubs Bolton, Portsmouth, Manchester City, West Brom and Wigan have all been linked with Keane.

BBC Sport rounds up the latest, club-by-club news on who is in and out of the race to sign Roy Keane.

BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce:
"Will we be trying to sign him? No, I think we can rule that one out, that's for sure."

BOLTON

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce:
"It would be difficult to get Roy Keane.

"I am sure he will sit down in a day or two and discuss with his agent where he wants to go, but if we do get an opportunity, we would like to talk to him."

CELTIC

Celtic midfielder Neil Lennon:
"If Roy does come, it will be great. If he doesn't, we carry on regardless."

MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce:
"We are certainly looking at players who might improve our team - we always are and always will be and Roy is a good player, one who can improve our team.

"He is a good player and that is borne out by the number of teams who have been associated with a player who has only been released by his club for a couple of days."

PORTSMOUTH

Chief executive Peter Storrie:
"If we could bring Keane to Pompey it would be fantastic, but in what role I don't know.

"I'm unsure whether he wants to stay as a player or get into coaching. With someone like Roy, it would be important to have someone experienced with him."

TOTTENHAM

Spurs coach Martin Jol:
"It's against everything we believe, we have very good players in that area. I think we're just fine."

WEST BROM

West Brom manager Bryan Robson: "Everyone in the Premiership will have an interest in Roy Keane.

"I have tried to phone Roy but all I kept getting was his answer machine. If he wants to come to West Brom, I will try to make it happen with the chairman."

WEST HAM

West Ham boss Alan Pardew:
"I'm sure there would be a queue of clubs interested, but if there was any chance he would come here, I hope we would try everything to get him to West Ham.

"We do have a wage structure, but for a player of Roy's calibre I would ask the chairman and the board to do everything they could."

WIGAN

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan:
"If Paul Jewell came to me and said to me can we go and sign Roy Keane I'll back him.

"They all say he will go to Celtic, but let's wait and see."

MOVING ABROAD

Italian sides Juventus and Roma were both said to be interested in bringing Keane to Serie A.

However a Juventus spokesman said: "Juventus is very strong right now and we do not need any more players."

And Roma sporting director Daniele Prade added: "We have never been in contact with Roy Keane or his agent because he is a player that doesn't interest us, not now or in the future."

High-flying Fiorentina are also reportedly interested in Keane.


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