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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Keane ends bid to capture Gordon
Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon
Gordon has two years to run on his contract with Hearts
Sunderland boss Roy Keane has dropped his interest in Hearts' Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

The Black Cats had a bid for the 24-year-old rejected by Hearts, who are said to value the player at 10m.

Keane said: "It's been well-documented that we made a bid for the lad in Scotland that was turned down.

"That's the end of it. I have got two very good goalkeepers, Marton Fulop and Darren Ward, so that's it, it's dead in the water as far as I'm concerned."

Keane has been frustrated in his bid to sign a new goalkeeper this summer as the club prepare for life in the Premier League.

He failed in an attempt to bring in Bolton's Jussi Jaaskelainen and he has dismissed speculation he could now move for Middlesbrough's Mark Schwarzer.

Wigan left-back Leighton Baines is another player to escape Keane's clutches, with the 22-year-old turning down the chance of a move to the Stadium of Light after the clubs had agreed a 6m deal.

Keane said: "It's disappointing, of course, but you can't win them all. I spoke to Leighton last week and then he rang me the other night.

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"He's a nice enough lad, not a problem, but he had his reasons for not coming to the club and we have got to respect that and wish him well.

"My job is to try to keep bringing players into the club that we think will improve us, and you are not going to win them all.

"We are disappointed, but life goes on. We wish Leighton well and we just kick on and continue to look to bring players into the club."

Keane and his players head for a three-day tour of Ireland on Friday with five new additions - Greg Halford, Russell Anderson, Michael Chopra, Kieran Richardson and Dickson Etuhu.

However, Keane, chairman Niall Quinn and chief executive Peter Walker are to continue their efforts to strengthen the squad, with West Brom full-back Paul McShane thought to be high on their wish list.

But Keane said he had no interest in Manchester United's Alan Smith or Kilmarnock striker Steven Naismith.



SEE ALSO
Baines rejects Sunderland switch
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Gordon admits Hearts uncertainty
14 Jul 07 |  Heart of Midlothian
Sunderland fail in bid for Gordon
11 Jul 07 |  Heart of Midlothian
Balde not tempted by Sunderland
20 Jul 07 |  Celtic
Sunderland complete Etuhu signing
17 Jul 07 |  Sunderland
Sunderland sign winger Richardson
16 Jul 07 |  Sunderland


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