Saturday 20 January 2018

Robbie Keane set to be offered a chance to extend his career in England's Championship division

Robbie Keane is eyeing up one final adventure in his playing career.
Robbie Keane is eyeing up one final adventure in his playing career.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed he is ready to offer former Ireland captain Robbie Keane a chance to resume his career.

Ireland’s all-time record goal-scorer has not played a competitive match since leaving LA Galaxy last year, but the 37-year-old has confirmed he is eager to take on one final challenge before he hangs up his boots.

That could be with his former Tottenham manager Redknapp, who told Sky Sports that he is ready to speak to Keane about a move to join what he hopes will be a promotion push with Birmingham.

Redknapp also suggested he was interested in signing former England stars Ashley Cole and Stewart Downing, as he suggested he was keen to add experience to his squad.

“Robbie Keane is a proper player; a great professional and infectious character,” said Redknapp. “He’s a great trainer. He would be wonderful around the dressing room, showing people how you become a top-class pro for so many years.

“He knows he wouldn’t play every week but just to have him around... I’m sure he’d fight tooth and nail to get a regular place in the team. They're all interesting but till you speak to them, you don’t know.

“They’re not over the hill. A former team-mate of mine was accused of being over the hill once and he had a great answer to the person telling him that; you’ve never been up the hill.

“You want a mix of experience and youth in your squad. I went to Portsmouth in the same sort of situation. I went there and took Paul Merson, Steve Stone, Tim Sherwood - all fantastic professionals. They were proper blokes, proper men and we won the league. You want them to blend in with the younger ones.”

Keane is believed to have had offers from overseas clubs, but a link-up with Redknapp may appeal as he looks to drain one final season out of his career.

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