Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McGhee Backs Keane to Fit the Bill at Spurs; Striker Whose Transfers Are Set to Break [Pounds Sterling]40m the Manager Who Handed World Cup Star Robbie Keane His First Break in Football Says Another Lucrative Move, This Time to White Hart Lane, Could Pay off for Club and Player

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McGhee Backs Keane to Fit the Bill at Spurs; Striker Whose Transfers Are Set to Break [Pounds Sterling]40m the Manager Who Handed World Cup Star Robbie Keane His First Break in Football Says Another Lucrative Move, This Time to White Hart Lane, Could Pay off for Club and Player

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Byline: MATT HUGHES

MARK McGHEE today urged Robbie Keane to follow him to London and sign for Tottenham.

The Millwall manager launched Keane ' s professional career at Wolves and believes the 22-year-old would be a huge hit at White Hart Lane.

Leeds want pound sterling10million for the Republic of Ireland international and his former manager is adamant Keane is worth every penny.

McGhee told Standard Sport: "Robbie is a terrific player. I've absolutely no doubt he'd be a great signing for Tottenham.

"The way Glenn Hoddle has got them playing would suit him down to the ground.

"Robbie has a great touch, holds the ball up well and can link play. He'd give Spurs time to play their football."

A pound sterling10m move for Keane would take his total transfer value to pound sterling41m, the secondhighest in the Premiership after Nicolas Anelka.

Twenty-four goals in 67 starts for Wolves earned him a pound sterling6m move to Coventry in 1999, while Inter Milan and Leeds were prepared to invest pound sterling 12m and pound sterling 13m respectively in his potential.

McGhee said: "I gave him his debut at Norwich in 1997 and he scored two goals.

"He was just 16 then, but we had no doubts he was ready for the first team.

"I knew he'd fit in at that age because of his attitude and maturity.

"He had self-belief without being big headed.

"Robbie played in the hole in those days, but he's turned himself into a genuine centre- forward. He's a terrific finisher and a very intelligent player.

"I've been fortunate to work with several top strikers over the years, like Jimmy Quinn and Steve Bull, but Robbie's a bit special.

"He has an extra string to his bow and can create chances out of nothing.

"He's more than a straightforward finisher."

Hoddle has yet to confirm his interest in Keane, though Tottenham's need for a goalscorer grows with every passing day.

Their ageing strike-force of 36 - year- old Teddy Sheringham and Les Ferdinand, 35, have yet to appear in preseason, while Steffen Iversen is also on the sidelines.

The poverty of Tottenham's resources was starkly illustrated at Layer Road on Tuesday, when Gary Doherty spent the first half against Colchester up front on his own. …

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