By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger does not believe Robbie Keane’s initial £20million pricetag was the reason for his quick return to White Hart Lane.

Keane’s brief Merseyside sojourn ended on Monday when Tottenham swooped to re-sign the man they had sold just over six months ago, netting almost £8million in ‘profit’.

Some had suggested that Liverpool had looked to offload the Irishman in an attempt to recoup some of the money they had splashed out in the summer, but Wenger does not agree.

“Once you have bought the player, you forget about the money,” said the manager. “You just want to see a good player. When he played for Liverpool, for example against us, he played very well. It was a quick six months to say 'no, he will not make it'

“Since I have been here, I have never taken a player back. When Tottenham signed Robbie Keane you can understand it because the player had more impact in the team than they thought he had. When they sold him you don’t rule it out [buying him back].”

While the Irishman failed to settle at Liverpool Wenger still thought that such a swift return was a “surprise”. And despite admiring Keane’s ability, the manager never considered making a move for the striker.

“I like Keane yes,” he said. “He was the surprise of the transfer window. I didn't consider [trying to sign him] because he is similar to Van Persie to Vela and Eduardo, who plays off the striker. Now we have Andrey Arshavin as well. We have plenty of players.”

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6 Feb 2009