Exclusive: Villa to offer Robbie Keane shock Prem return
Published 22:27 01/01/12 By Alan Nixon
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is ready to give Robbie Keane a shock return to the Premier League if he can cut through red tape.
The Republic of Ireland star is taking a break at the end of the MLS season with Los Angeles Galaxy, but McLeish would like to take him on loan for a couple of months.
Keane could be open to the plan to keep himself sharp before heading back to California and building up for the Euro 2012 finals with his country.
However Keane would need clearance from both LA Galaxy and the MLS - plus a big insurance payment - to make the move happen, but it is being explored by Villa.
Keane could play for a short spell - as Thierry Henry will do at Arsenal - but there would be a cost for the whole package that Villa will have to weigh up.
McLeish is looking for bargain deals in the window and landing Keane, even for a handful of games, would be a help for him if the numbers are right.