Trio eyeing LA Galaxy forward.
Aston Villa, QPR and Norwich are set to fight it out to sign Robbie Keane on loan.
Former Tottenham striker Keane has insisted that he has no plans to make a short-term loan move back to the Premier League from LA Galaxy during the MLS close season.
But that has not stopped Villa’s Paul Lambert, and rival bosses at Norwich and QPR showing interest in offering a short-term deal.
Last winter, Keane scored three goals in seven appearances for Villa during a six-week loan spell. But after winning the MLS Cup with LA Galaxy, Keane says he wants to take a break to recover from knocks.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is a wanted man but the efforts of Norwich, Aston Villa and QPR will be in vain in the 32-year-old has set his sights on a holiday in the New Year.
All three Premier League clubs are reportedly tracking Keane, who could be available on loan until the start of the new MLS season in March.
Although the Ireland international might fancy a break, the attraction of one last crack at the Premier League could prove hard to resist, particularly after he impressed at Villa Park during a similar spell in January 2011.
There are familiar faces waiting for the former Tottenham striker at both Loftus Road and Carrow Road. New QPR boss Harry Redknapp bought and sold Keane whilst in charge at White Hart Lane, while Norwich manager Chris Hughton worked with the experienced striker at Spurs prior to Redknapp’s arrival.
The Hoops are in desperate need of fire-power but the prospect of a scrappy and arduous relegation battle may not be too appealing for Keane – whereas Norwich, by comparison, are comfortably mid-table at present.
A return to Villa, where Keane was so impressive last year, may prove hardest to resist, although it was under Alex McLeish, rather than current boss Paul Lambert, that the former Inter Milan forward briefly flourished.
And if Keane does decide that he wants to return to the Premier League, could there be a twist in the saga? Liverpool do need striker after all…
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