Celtic Bid for Long as Keane Clears Spurs Locker; Trapattoni Urging Given to Be Patient at Man City

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Byline: Darragh Murphy

CELTIC will make a dramatic deadline day bid for Ireland striker Shane Long as international teammate Robbie Keane clears out his boots at Tottenham Hotspur ahead of his third consecutive January deadline day transfer - this time to West Ham.

Reading striker Long recently signed a contract extension that ties him to the Madjeski Stadium until the end of next season.

But Celtic boss Neil Lennon hopes an offer of over [pounds sterling]3m, with the possibility of Darryl Murphy thrown in as a makeweight, will persuade Royals boss Brian McDermott to sell. Keane, meanwhile, gave the clearest indication that he is leaving White Hart Lane by collecting all his boots from the Spurs training ground on Friday.

West Ham want to tie up a loan deal for the Ireland striker, preferring to wait until Premier League status is secure before paying the [pounds sterling]6million fee until Premier League status is assured.

Keane's [pounds sterling]65,000 weekly wages has been a stumbling block but Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni warns that he is playing with fire.

'He could play that game club. At Spurs you have (Jermain) Defoe, (Peter) Crouch and others. A striker needs a team,' said the Ireland boss.

'For him, maybe it's better to continue his career with a smaller club. …