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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..........

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Writer: Dan Jones  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 26 2009

Time: 2:37PM

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Its just speculation.............
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26/01/2009 14:44:00

Interesting Mr Jones.... very interesting. Wouldnt mind having Robbie Keane as 5th choice striker. Good back up
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26/01/2009 14:49:00

.....fatty rafa wont let him go on the cheap [Edited by FearVilla]
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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...
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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.
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26/01/2009 15:19:00

I doubt very much that Keane would be interested in returning to the West Midlands. I have it on good authority that Robbie Keane was caught banging a certain Zulu hard nut's mrs. The chap is a bouncer in Cov, (many of you will know who i mean) Hence a move to Italy rather than sticking around in England! I think My Keane will stay put for now and fight for his place. Ngog is garbage!
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26/01/2009 15:22:00

Micah was shaping up as a nice central defender wasn't he? In the absence of Laursen MON might be back in the market, who knows! He has apparently gone off the boil in the last season and a bit but maybe he just needs a change.
The Fear
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26/01/2009 15:39:00

Central defence or right back. Young and English. Quick and hard working. Think he was brought up round these parts too. Surely worth a bid!!!
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26/01/2009 15:45:00

I do like Young at right-back but as he is over on the left, then hey, why not. This management lark is sooo easy isn't it mate?!?
The Fear
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26/01/2009 15:49:00

Let's see how many times we can get the word "speculation" into an article shall we.
Villan Of The North
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26/01/2009 16:00:00

Or even the phrase "its just speculation". This serves as a reminder that its just speculation.
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26/01/2009 16:01:00

what club does this bouncer work at then Hitman?
Its All Over FC
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26/01/2009 16:26:00

mmmm bouncers, jublies, bangers, boobies....DOH!
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26/01/2009 16:32:00

You really think the fat waiter is gonna take a hit on his 20m outlay to a club that embarrassed him in the summer? Sadly I think not!
Stourbridge Villan
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26/01/2009 16:34:00

I heard on good authority, that fat Rafa has eaten robbie keane
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26/01/2009 16:39:00

'Arry Rednose has expressed an interest in Keane returning to WHL. looks like he is trying to sign all the players Spuds have sold. I think he is also trying to sign Teddy Sherringham, Jimmy Greaves and Danny Blanchflower. Keane would be a great signing for us I am sure
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26/01/2009 16:59:00

Robbie Keane? Don't even know whey you bought Heskey?? He's a poor, poor, very poor man's Carew! You need good cover for Laursen and by good, I don't mean Davies or Knight. And what is happening to Shorey btw? Is he still in O'Neill's plans???
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26/01/2009 17:44:00

You only quoted half of what Fat Rafa said, just after that this was said. "Does Keane have a future at the club?" "Yes, I think so". This is just not going to happen! Why not start a rumour thread about Kaka again?
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26/01/2009 17:59:00

Don't think that MON is even talking to Mr. (thats a faaaact) Benitez and even if he was I bet its only words which would have to be asterixed out on here.
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26/01/2009 18:34:00

I'm convinced that had Gregory coughed up the 6 million he was quoted, instead of signing Bosko Balaban, Keane would by now be a Villa legend.
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26/01/2009 20:09:00

I think Dougy wasnt prepared to offer an extra 0.5m to secure Robbie Keane when we had the chance to sign him (think we offered 5.5m). I dont think the FSW will want to do business with us after the Barry (and now Heskey) fiasco, except for if he wanted to sell us a 'dud'. Though, we havent really got a player that can play in the hole behind the front two... Has Robbie Keane lost it ala Shevchenko remains to be seen - I think moving back to Spurs could be a bad move for him. Defoe left Spurs and continued on the goal trail at Pompey. The pressure on Keane to produce would be huge. Spurs might as well bring back Martin Jol at this rate!!
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26/01/2009 20:47:00

What a waste of my time reading that rubbish.
villa till i die
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27/01/2009 10:06:00

Yes Villa Till I Die, you are right, btw you wasted further time by commenting on it.
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27/01/2009 11:13:00

i'd love it if were brought Keano LOVE IT ! As bazzah states and beat me to - the only reason he supposedly never came before was because Douglas Herbart listened to Sir Alex Chew Alot and didn't stump up the extra 500K to land him, granted, that was a while back now so he'd probably shifted on/broke a leg/become a member of Legs XI by now.
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27/01/2009 15:25:00


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