Robbie Keane would have to join us for 'footballing reasons' - Preston boss Simon Grayson
Robbie Keane has been warned by Preston North End boss Simon Grayson that the club will not be altering their wage structures to bring him to Deepdale
The Republic of Ireland record goalscorer is expected finalise the latest move in his illustrious career in the coming days, with Preston 1/2 favourites to secure his signature.
Brighton and Sunderland are also interested in signing the former LA Galaxy striker.
Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post, Grayson said that if the Tallaght native did join them it would be for playing reasons and not financial ones.
"If someone is available who we think would improve our squad, we will try and do that,whether that is Robbie Keane or someone from Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City or wherever," he said.
"It has to be done within the boundaries of our wage structure. If Robbie wants to come here and we want to sign him, it will be more for footballing reasons than trying to better the wages he has been on at his other clubs."
If he does move to Preston, Keane will be the third Irishman to join the club in the January window, following in the footsteps of former Dundalk stars Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle.