Irishman on his way to Villa Park?
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is ready to give Robbie Keane a shock return to the Premier League if he can cut through red tape.
The Republic of Ireland star is taking a break at the end of the MLS season with Los Angeles Galaxy, but McLeish would like to take him on loan for a couple of months.
Keane could be open to the plan to keep himself sharp before heading back to California and building up for the Euro 2012 finals with his country.
However Keane would need clearance from both LA Galaxy and the MLS – plus a big insurance payment – to make the move happen, but it is being explored by Villa.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
This is interesting news. Whilst Thierry Henry may well be about to be on his way back to Arsenal on a short term deal one wonders if the LA Galaxy would be quite so likely to accept a similar move for Robbie Keane. After all the 31 year old Irish international only arrived at the MLS club six months ago and clearly the same club paid the price of allowing David Beckham to make a similar move to AC Milan, which led to five months out with a torn Achilles tendon.
Aston Villa have managed just 22 goals in 19 Premier League games this season so could well do with an injection of another attacking option. That said, Alex McLeish does have some talented frontmen to pick from with Darren Bent and Gabriel Agbonlahor putting in good form in patches this season.
Robbie Keane had been linked with interest from the Midlands club during his second spell at Tottenham but no move was forthcoming.