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Villa Keane on Robbie

Tuesday 10th January 2012
Aston Villa look set to complete the signing of LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane.

The player has been training with the Midlands side today and is expected to finalise the short term deal in the next 24 hours.
Keane, who has been at LA Galaxy since August 2011, had a successful first season with the MLS Champions, scoring on his debut against San Jose Earthquakes and setting up the winning goal in the MLS Cup Final.

The Republic of Ireland skipper will be the second Galaxy player to make the 2 month switch to the Premier League after Landon Donavan completed his move to Everton last week.

Villa boss Alex McLeish is hoping to get the deal sorted so that Keane can go straight into the squad to play against the Toffees on Saturday at Villa Park, and will be hoping that Keane can fill the gap that has been left by the injured Emile Heskey, who could be out for a month.
Keane was eager to get the a move back to England in the MLS close season as he looks to maintain his fitness ahead of this year's European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.

This move is one that is unfortunately ten years too late for the Villa faithful, who were keen to bring in the Irishman as a teenager, but former chairman Sir Doug Ellis wasn't willing to bid an extra £500k and he moved to Midland rivals Coventry City.

The games Keane will be available for; Everton (h), Former club Wolves (a), Arsenal (FA Cup) (a), QPR (h), Newcastle (a), Man City (h), Wigan (a) Plus the 5th round of the FA Cup if Villa progress.

Fans views on signing – all via Twitter;

“Keane will bring some experience to the Villa side, and his play could compliment Bent and Gabby”

“This signing is 10 years too late, his best years are behind him”

“I hope Keane will be eager to show Harry what he is missing, he can be a great player on his day”

“As a Villa fan I hope he still has it, he links up play well, and can get the best out of Bent”

So it seems that most Villa fans are excited about the short term deal and with Heskey injured Keane's Premier League experience can only help the Villans pull themselves away from the Premier League dog fight.
John Leavy

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