Keane: I could have signed FIVE

by Carl MarstonROY Keane revealed that he could have signed five players on Thursday.However, the Ipswich Town boss is not prepared to recruit any new players, unless the deal is right and the player himself wants to play for Town.

Carl Marston

by Carl Marston

ROY Keane revealed that he could have signed five players on Thursday.

However, the Ipswich Town boss is not prepared to recruit any new players, unless the deal is right and the player himself wants to play for Town.

Keane insisted that he is still tracking "one or two" new faces, which he hopes to bring in before the transfer deadline on Monday afternoon.

And the Irishman has not been short of a few phone calls from other managers, expressing an interest in some of his squad, including one surprise call on Thursday evening.

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"I could have signed five players yesterday, but I'm very reluctant until I think I know they have a desire to come to the club,"

explained Keane.

"If that's not the case, then we won't be signing anyone.

"We have a spirit, a desire and a "feel good factor" about the staff and the players. I want to keep that.

"You would have to buy a nasty player to break it, because we have a really strong spirit, but it can happen.

"You can bring one or two bad eggs in. I've experienced that before, and then it can spread around the club like a cancer. I'm a bit wary and if we don''t sign anyone by Monday then I'll be OK. We'll just get on with what we've got.

"In terms of desire and attitude, I think we're the best in the league," added Keane.

A full-back and a striker seem to be Keane's two target positions. He has chopped and changed with his left-backs, and in recent weeks has been liked with Hull's Kevin Kilbane and Derby's Jay McEveley.

Keane would also love to recruit a proven goalscorer, though this is easier said than done!

"It's very quiet on the transfer front at the moment, though there might be come action over the next few days. We still have Monday,"

continued Keane.

"There have been plenty of enquiries going on about players we might be interested in coming to the club, and we've had a few over the last few days for some of our lads.

"I'll take a step back this weekend, but there's obviously still the chief executive working on it.

"We've had some enquiries about some of our players. I spoke to one or two managers yesterday. If they follow that up, then we'll put it to the players.

"The one or two players that might go out have been very much involved with the first team.

"We know that we're short in one or two areas. We're certainly not scoring enough goals. If you don't score goals, you're going nowhere."

Keane is a big fan of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, and he used the England star as an example of a player who always has a price, however important he is to the team.

"If someone offers me �5m for one of my players, then of course I'd consider it," revealed Keane.

"I had a phone call at 8.30pm last night from a manager that took me by surprise. I was very surprised, so you never know, It depends on that phone call.

"If a Premiership club makes an offer for one of my players, then we'll put it to the owner.

"Do you think that Everton wanted to sell Wayne Rooney? No, they didn't.

"But when someone offers you �27m, with add ons, then things change. I say if you want the player, then make an offer.

"A lot can happen over the weekend."