Direct rivals want Robbie Keane but will White Hart Lane boss allow such a move to take place?
A report in the Daily Mirror this morning claims Aston Villa are favourites to land Tottenham striker Robbie Keane this summer for nine million pounds.
The Spurs hitman is currently on loan at Celtic, where he has scored eight goals in eight games in all competitions, but is unlikely to stay at Parkhead beyond the summer.
James Nursey reports in the Daily Mirror that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp wants to sell Keane in the summer following the recent goal scoring exploits of Roman Pavlyuchenko.
Aston Villa will pay Keane around 65,000-pounds-a-week and will sell the likes of Habib Beye , Steve Sidwell and Nicky Shorey to secure the Republic of Ireland striker.
Tottenham paid Liverpool 12 million pounds to secure Keane for a second spell at White Hart Lane in January 2009. He is contracted to the London club until the end of season 2012/2013. (IMScouting)
I have to say I do find the idea of this move a tad surprising. Whilst there may not be a place for Robbie at White Hart Lane I do not think Harry Redknapp will be at all keen (no pun intended) on selling the striker to a team who is a direct rival. Far more likely is a move to Scotland which the Irishman may well feel suits him better.
Keane’s second spell at Tottenham didn’t quite go according to plan and given the return to form of Roman Pavlyuchenko it seems highly unlikely the 29 year old will return once more just to sit it out on the bench. He is at a point in his career that he can’t be wasting away on the subs bench and Pointy Shouty Bloke has been a big success north of the border, albeit in a weaker league, Robbie has started very well at Parkhead.
The big obstacle to a permanent Celtic move could be that the Scottish club isn’t exactly overflowing with cash at the moment and Spurs will not accept anything less than £8-10m for a striker who still has a few years in the tank and has always been pretty prolific.
Then there is of course talk of a move to the MLS….