West Ham confirm loan deal for Tottenham's Robbie Keane
By Saj Chowdhury
Striker Keane moves from north to east London
Relegation-threatened West Ham have completed the loan signing of striker Robbie Keane from Premier League rivals Tottenham until the end of the season.
The Hammers say they have an option to extend the 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international's deal by two years if they avoid relegation.
"We're delighted to sign a world-class striker," chairman David Gold said.
Keane added: "I feel I have plenty left to offer at the highest level for at least the next four or five years."
West Ham have also recruited defender Wayne Bridge, midfielder Gary O'Neil and striker Demba Ba during the January transfer window.
Keane has had limited first-team opportunities since returning to White Hart Lane for a second spell with the north Londoners from Liverpool at the start of 2009.
"When I went on loan to Celtic I scored 17 goals in 19 games and if I can do even half as well as I did there, then I'll be happy," continued Keane, referring to his loan spell with the Glasgow club last season.
Hammers boss Avram Grant added: "Keane is not just a good player, he is a good character that we need in the next 14 games."
The Upton Park side, who are bottom of the Premier League, signed forward Demba Ba from Hoffenheim on Friday.
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