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Robbie Keane has high hopes at West Ham after loan move

Robbie Keane
Keane is confident he can help West Ham avoid relegation

Striker Robbie Keane has said it was an easy decision to join West Ham United on loan for the rest of the season.

Keane, 30, moved from Tottenham after starting only two of the Premier League games he has appeared in this season.

"It was not a wrench to leave Spurs, because at the end of the day, I just want to play football," he said.

"I have got friends there, but it means nothing if you are not playing football. It is a short career, you have to make the most of it."

West Ham are Keane's eighth club since he made the breakthrough at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1997, and last season he went on loan to Celtic.

Keane has had limited first-team opportunities since returning to White Hart Lane from Liverpool for a second spell with Spurs in February 2009.

He is set to make his debut for the Premier League's bottom side on Wednesday away to Blackpool along with fellow January arrivals Wayne Bridge, Gary O'Neil and Demba Ba.

Keane has moved to Upton Park on an initial loan deal until the end of the season and if West Ham stay up, he will sign a £6m deal.

And the Republic of Ireland international is confident he can make an impact with the Hammers.

"It is something I am fairly used to now, coming to a new club," Keane said.

"It is an opportunity for me, and I don't really have anything to lose.

"West Ham are bottom, all we can do is push up the table and I am here to hopefully do that to avoid relegation.

"I want to play football and don't like to get paid for sitting on the bench.

"In that respect, it is difficult to leave a club which you have a lot of association with, but I have to look after my career.

"I enjoy playing and love playing. I want to keep doing that for as much as I can."

Keane is also confident that he can help guide West Ham away from the relegation zone where they have spent most of the season.

He added: "Even before I came to West Ham, I thought they had the quality to stay up.

"Sometimes you find yourselves in situations where you are down there and it is very difficult to get out.

"It is important that sooner rather than later they get out of that situation they are in, and hopefully I can help them do it.

"The spirit is fine here, there are good lads and top quality players."

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see also
Blackpool 1-3 West Ham
02 Feb 11 |  Premier League
West Ham bring in Keane on loan
30 Jan 11 |  West Ham
Celtic secure Spurs striker Keane
01 Feb 10 |  Celtic

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