McLeish Keane to borrow Robbie

Villa have discussed the possibility of signing Keane in a move

similar to the one which has seen his Galaxy team-mate Landon

Donovan rejoin Everton. Boss Alex McLeish has admitted he has

limited funds to spend during the January transfer window. But he

is a long-term fan of the Republic of Ireland international and

last season came close to signing him when Birmingham manager in a

£6million deal with Tottenham. The two clubs agreed a fee but

personal terms proved a stumbling block and Keane joined West Ham

on loan before making the switch to the United States during last

summer. Villa also came close to signing Keane, 31, when he left

Wolves 12 years ago but could not agree a fee and he joined

Coventry. If Keane came to Villa Park, he would link up with

Republic team-mates Shay Given and Richard Dunne. It is believed

Keane wants to stay sharp for the Euro 2012 finals by continuing to

play before the Major Soccer League season begins in March. But

terms with Keane and Galaxy have yet to be finalised. In the

immediate future, however, Keane will be training with his old side

Tottenham. The White Hart Lane side released a statement saying:

“The club can confirm that Robbie Keane will train with the

first-team squad up until January 20 in order to build up his

fitness ahead of returning to LA Galaxy for the start of the new

MLS season.”