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Only way is up for West Ham, insists Keane as he arrives at Upton Park

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Birmingham step up Robbie Keane pursuit

Birmingham are keen to know sooner or later whether they can sign Robbie Keane to give them time to pursue other targets if their bid to sign the Tottenham striker falls through.

Birmingham close in on Robbie Keane deal

Birmingham first team coach Peter Grant admits there "are a lot of bridges to be crossed" before any possible deal for Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is completed.

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