Wednesday 21 February 2018

Robbie Keane primed for stunning return to Wolves

Record Irish goalscorer poised to come back to first pro club to help with their Premier League promotion push

ATK’s Robbie Keane battles with FC Goa’s Narayan Das during the Indian Super League match in Kolkata yesterday. Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images
ATK’s Robbie Keane battles with FC Goa’s Narayan Das during the Indian Super League match in Kolkata yesterday. Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Robbie Keane has been strongly linked with a sensational move back from India to join Wolves for the rest of the season.

Keane (37) was on target for ATK Kolkata yesterday in just his fourth appearance since his move to link up with Teddy Sheringham’s side last summer.

But Championship leaders Wolves want to bring the Dubliner back to help them over the line in their promotion bid – and it has been claimed that Keane can secure an early release from his short-term contract to make it happen.

Keane moved to Wolves from Crumlin as a teenager and made his senior debut for the club in 1997, spending two seasons in their first team before joining Coventry.

The Molineux club are currently 12 points clear at the top of the second tier and their Portuguese boss Nuno Espirito Santo has earmarked Ireland’s all-time record goalscorer as an option to bolster their dressing-room for the run-in.

It would be an unpopular move in India with Keane already on the receiving end of criticism for flying home for a Christmas break in Ireland.

He came back to open the scoring in their encounter with FC Goa, a game that eventually finished in a 1-1 draw.

The season in India is a short one that finishes in March, with an Achilles problem preventing Keane from being ready for the kick-off in November.

He eventually opted to go to India after a long period mulling over his options following his departure from LA Galaxy at the end of 2016.

The local reports in Wolverhampton say that Nuno tried to make a move for Keane in August but his Indian deal was already agreed.

It is believed that the Tallaght man turned down other options in England before agreeing the ATK deal. But an emotional return to Wolves could be too tempting to turn down.

Irish Independent

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