LA Galaxy man signs short term Villa Park deal.
Aston Villa have signed Los Angeles Galaxy and Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane on loan until 25 February, subject to Fifa clearance.
“This is only short term, of course,” said the much-travelled ex-Coventry, Leeds, Spurs and Liverpool striker.
“But there has been a lot of speculation over the years linking my name to Villa and, finally, I’m here.”
Keane, 31, who has already been training with Villa, could make his debut at home to Everton on Saturday.
Dubliner Keane, who started his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers as a 17-year-old, admitted: “I’m delighted to be back in the Premier League.
“I’m excited about it and I know I’ll really enjoy my time here. It’s only for two months, but I will do my absolute best.
“Villa are a great club, a club with a massive tradition and standing in the game. Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums I’ve ever played in.
“I’ve been training with the players here for the past few days and it’s been great but I’m not naive enough to think I’ll just walk straight into the team.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Surprisingly Robbie Keane did not claim to be a boyhood fan of the Midlands club but that won’t make him any less useful to Alex McLeish who has seen his Aston Villa side on occasion struggle to break down the opposition. The 31 year old Irish international will have to prove himself capable of ousting either Gabriel Agbonlahor or Darren Bent, both of whom have had hit and miss seasons thus far.