Tottenham news – Keane January exit confirmed, Dos Santos to leave, Redknapp backs Gallas

Keane January exit confirmed.

Harry Redknapp has confirmed that striker Robbie Keane is set to leave White Hart Lane in January, as the Spurs boss looks to offload fringe players in order to bankroll a run at the Premier League title.

The Irishman has started only two league games for the club thus far this season, and has recently been linked to a host of clubs including Newcastle, Sunderland, Celtic and Vancouver Whitecaps.

According to BBC Sport, Redknapp has refuted MLS interest but confirmed he has held talks with the 30-year-old, currently in his second spell with Tottenham.

Redknapp said: “Whoever offers the biggest fee will, I suppose, be the answer in January.”

Dos Santos to leave.

With Keane keeping one eye on White Hart Lane’s exit door, another player likely to quickly follow suit could be Giovanni dos Santos.

The player’s agent has implied that while the former Barcelona youth has not yet agreed terms with Italian outfit Genoa, a deal may not be too far from completion.

Sky Sports has reported that interest was present from fellow Premier League side Liverpool as well as from his native Mexico, but that the 21-year-old would prefer a move to the continent.

Agent Ludovico Spinosi admitted he will meet with the player’s father in the coming days to discuss his future: “At the moment there is no great news, I don’t know if he really refused to return to play in Mexico to go to Genoa, he could have. In the coming days I will meet with the father to discuss the future of the boy.”

Redknapp backs Gallas.

Harry Redknapp has asked Spurs skipper William Gallas not to stop the temper tantrums.

The Frenchman threw an infamous strop at the home of Birmingham City in 2008 whilst still with north London rivals Arsenal, and Redknapp feels this passion could be the key to a successful Spurs season.

Gallas sat on the pitch almost in tears after a late Birmingham penalty wrecked Arsenal’s title hopes in a 2-2 draw, but Redknapp feels it is this mentality which proves the defender is a born winner.

According to the Daily Star, Redknapp said: “William has been brilliant, absolutely brilliant. When I watch him train, he wants to win. That winning mentality, which is so important, he has brought to the club. I have been absolutely delighted with him. He has done a fantastic job.

“The last time at St Andrew’s he was so gutted – but it showed how upset he was that they had lost. He was sick, he was gutted. It shows that he cares. You need that with players. Some people have got it, but it’s hard to find.”

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