Robbie Keane could resurrect his career at Villa Park.
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Aston Villa want to buy Robbie Keane from Tottenham to help provide a cutting edge to their attack, but are reluctant to meet Spurs’ demands for the player.
Keane looks likely to leave White Hart Lane in January after finding himself frozen out – behind Roman Pavlyuchenko, Jermain Defoe, and Peter Crouch in the pecking order for just one spot up front.
Villa manager Gerard Houllier has said he will not be making a bid for Manchester United striker Michael Owen – despite the player being a good fit for his playing style.
Keane now looks to have leapt to the top of the Frenchman’s list, having proved at Celtic last season that he is capable of slotting into a new team quickly.
Villa are reluctant to part with pacey England man Ashley Young in exchange – despite Spurs’ desire to take the former Watford star to north London.
However, a bid in the region of £8million may be accepted by manager Harry Redknapp as it will give him further funds to add to his squad during the month-long transfer window. (Metro)
Aston Villa are in a bit of a slump in the Premier League under Gerard Houllier with just one win in their last nine games, but it is quite easy to see the corner being turned soon.
Not only have they consistently played better than the opposition they have been dropping points to, but they also have some exceptionally promising youngsters coming through the ranks.
Marc Albrighton, Ciaran Clark, Barry Bannan, and Nathan Delfouneso are all being given first team opportunities – and are taking them, even if this is to be a season of transition.
However, for a few seasons now, Villa have been short of a top class goalscorer.
Robbie Keane is not the confident player he was two seasons ago, but at the age of 30 his legs still function and his football brain is a more valuable asset than his pace.
With John Carew seemingly set to depart the club after contract negotiations stalled, Villa’s frontline needs an overhaul.
Keane could be the first part of that, and a cut price move in January to resurrect Aston Villa’s season could be given the go-ahead by chairman Randy Lerner.
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