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Saturday 23 August 2014

Keane ideal loan signing – Redknapp

Daniel McDonnell

Published 10/12/2012 | 05:00

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HARRY REDKNAPP repeated his desire for an unlikely reunion with Robbie Keane after struggling QPR's draw with Wigan on Saturday.

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Keane struggled to secure regular football under Redknapp at Spurs, and was twice sent out on loan before he joined LA Galaxy on a permanent basis.

However, the QPR boss suggested last week that a loan move for the Dubliner could suit his new club, and he stressed it again in the wake of the 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.

"Robbie's a good pro and would be the ideal type to have around," said Redknapp, who could face competition from Aston Villa and Norwich for the 32-year-old.

Keane must decide if he wants a Premier League cameo after a long run of competitive football – he returned straight to MLS action after Euro 2012, and helped LA to a second successive championship.

With important Euro 2012 qualifiers in March, a stint at the top level could aid the striker's preparation.

On the flip side, he might be fresher if he has a lengthy break, yet the Tallaght man places a high value on match sharpness.

With James McCarthy bagging a brace for Wigan, and team-mate James McArthur saying he was "head and shoulders" above everyone else on the pitch, it was a promising weekend for Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

He was at the scoreless draw between Aston Villa and Stoke, yet will have been heartened by news that both David Meyler and Robbie Brady struck in Hull's 2-1 win over Watford.

Another encouraging development was David Moyes' decision to reinstate Seamus Coleman at right-back for Everton yesterday upon his return from injury.

Elsewhere, Owen Garvan struck again for Crystal Palace in a 2-2 draw with Blackpool, while Conor Sammon and Paul Green were both on target as the former's Derby secured a 3-1 win over the latter's Leeds.

Irish Independent

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