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Robbie Keane, Villa Bound? (Pure Speculation)

Robbie Keane, Villa Bound? (Pure Speculation)

After a weekend away in London, i hopped on the train at Marylebone and heading back to Birmingham Snow Hill, at that very moment Liverpool were playing Everton at Anfield in the FA Cup.

Although I was not watching the game on TV, I received a text telling me that Robbie Keane had not even made the bench. Like many football fans I was intrigued. I am fully aware that Keane has made little impact since joining the side he allegedly followed as a kid.

Now Robbie Keane has had more clubs than Tiger Woods, but he is still one of the best strikers in the Premiership. And all through his Career has been linked to Aston Villa. This got me thinking, what if, Aston Villa made a bid for the player?

Liverpool are currently in the mix for the title, not a position i personally expect them to maintain, but i digress. Robbie Keane is reported to be somewhat unsettled and much like Nicky Shorey at Villa, is believed to have done very little to persuade his manager that he is capable at this level. Its just speculation..........

Just speculation i suppose, but today i read a quote from Liverpool boss, Rafa Benitez - 'Robbie Keane was not selected, we have a very good squad. He was not injured. He is working hard and that is the most important thing for me. I have not seen him but it is normal for every player to want to be in the squad.'

He added - 'They want to be in the 11 starters so I expect him not to be happy. Ngog was in because he scored two goals for the reserves and we had Kuyt and Babel too. That was four strikers in the squad.'

Now hold on one second, somebody scored a couple of goals for the reserves? So what? To me it would appear that Liverpool may have already accepted a bid for the player, of whom I am not sure, its just speculation..........

But could it be that Aston Villa are making a move for the Irishman? I heard rumours last week of Villa holding secret talks with an unnamed someone exciting over the weekend just gone, and with the Emile Heskey deal sealed on Friday that would suggest to me that someone may be unveiled this week, and if Keane was not playing Sunday, maybe he was somewhere else? Perhaps Martin O'Neill recognised the need for two top strikers, one being Heskey, and the other Keane? Its just speculation...........

Signing Robbie Keane would send out a statement of intent by the club, would Liverpool sell to a potential rival? Do they consider us a rival? Are Villa even interested in the player? I don't know, its just speculation..........

Writer:Dan Jones
Date:Monday January 26 2009
Time: 2:37PM


Its just speculation.............
26/01/2009 14:44:00
Interesting Mr Jones.... very interesting. Wouldnt mind having Robbie Keane as 5th choice striker. Good back up
26/01/2009 14:49:00
.....fatty rafa wont let him go on the cheap [Edited by FearVilla]
26/01/2009 14:50:00
"I heard rumours last week of Villa holding secret talks with an unnamed someone exciting over the weekend just gone" - haha, really now.
26/01/2009 14:53:00
nice idea, did wonder as he has done a Liverpool strop whether he'd be worth trying for! Would he fit in? That is for MON to decide, I wouldn't say no I must admit, he scores some great goals!
The Fear
26/01/2009 14:57:00
There was talk of MON looking at an unamed player, then again I guess I could have done an article just on the theory that he must be looking at someone! Think the rumour said that he was off abroad to watch someone though.
The Fear
26/01/2009 14:58:00
Forum thread about it. Click Here As pointed out by the real neil, 2 moves in the Prem in a season wouldn't be allowed without special dispensation (which you would assume wouldn't be forthcoming).
The Fear
26/01/2009 15:04:00
No chance for a number of reasons...on top of the fact that it's not allowed (see above)
26/01/2009 15:07:00
With detective instincts like this you should be working for the Daily Mail!!! I like the idea but can't see it happening! I hear Micah Richards wasn't playing this weekend, maybe he was having secret talks with Villa? I can but dream...
26/01/2009 15:13:00
Keane would be ace! Shame it can't happen....maybe next season? I'd have him, definitely. Like Gudjohnssen but better and eactly the craft b'stard we need! Just add Valencia and Micah.
26/01/2009 15:19:00
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