Is this White Hart Lane striker heading for St James’ Park?
Robbie Keane is poised for his third deadline-day move in 18 months, with Tottenham ready to send him to Aston Villa or Newcastle United to help Harry Redknapp bring in a new signing.
Keane was offered as a makeweight in a £14million bid made on Saturday to Villa for long-time Redknapp target Ashley Young.
But the Republic of Ireland captain may prefer to move instead to St James’ Park, where he is guaranteed regular football every week.
Keane’s career has been littered with moves, including switches on deadline day in the last two January transfer windows. In 2009, he moved to Spurs from Liverpool – only six months after making the reverse journey.
And in January this year, he moved to Celtic on loan after becoming fed up with the lack of first-team opportunities at Spurs.
Redknapp views Keane as his fourth-choice striker and wants to move him on to bring in a new face following Tottenham’s qualification for the Champions League. (Mail on Sunday)
Some sources are stating that the move by Newcastle United for Irish international Robbie Keane is looking more and more likely with the 30 year old indicating to Tottenham that he would much prefer a move to St James’ Park over a deal to take him to Villa Park and recent results would suggest that decision would make a great deal of sense, not least because the Toon Army thrashed Aston Villa 6-0 in their recent meeting.
Chris Hughton may feel a partnership of Keane and in form Andy Carroll is just too good to be true and the only potential obstacle to such a deal is whether Mike Ashley is willing to bankroll such a large transfer, with the White Hart Lane outfit expecting at least £12m for a striker who has an excellent Premier League record.
Harry Redknapp has made it clear that the former Liverpool and Leeds man will not be a first choice starter and that leaves Keane with little choice than to look for first team football which a player of his age needs to be getting.
The Dublin born striker has notched up 121 Premier League goals and is one of the most consistent goalscorers in the game in recent years.