Date: 5th February 2009 at 6:17pm
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Robbie Keane is back at Tottenham, the £12m fee taking the total value of his career moves to around £70m, a figure kickstarted by Gordon Strachan’s £6m swoop to bring the then-teenager to Coventry City from Wolves back in 1999.

The man signed to replace Keane at Highfield Road was Craig Bellamy, City paying £6.5m to take him from first club
Norwich and set in motion a transfer trail that has seen the Welshman change hands for a total of £45m.

Like Keane, Bellamy too landed a big move after just one season in the Sky Blue shirt, joining Newcastle in 2001.

Also like the Irishman he earned a ‘dream’ move to Liverpool but failed to convince Rafa Benitez of his long-term worth.

Both players are still sought after of course, Tottenham buying back Keane in a flash when he became available and Manchester City paying a scarcely believable £14m for Bellamy.

Football has made both men fabulously wealthy of course and they can both depart from the game with heads held high after notching up impressive goal returns at the hightest level of English football.

That two players however who have not made an impact at the very top of the Premier League ladder, nor in the Champions League, should command such vast transfer fees, says something perhaps about modern day football.