Sunday 19 November 2017

Robbie Keane linked with a shock move to LA Galaxy

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

IRELAND captain Robbie Keane was last night linked with a shock move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

Speculation grew that Keane was on his way to the MLS when former Newcastle United goalkeeper Shaka Hislop – now working as an analyst with American broadcaster ESPN – went on Twitter to say he had information that the Dubliner was on a flight to LA with a deal agreed.

Another US-based source claimed that the 31-year-old had signed a twoyear contract worth $9m over the duration. LA Galaxy said they had no announcements planned, but it's understood there has been contact this week and Keane is mulling over the prospect of a trans-Atlantic switch due to a lack of Premier League options. Keane has previously stated that he would be interested in a move to the US, but said earlier this year that it wouldn't be his next destination after leaving Tottenham – indicating that it was a plan for the longer term.

On Tuesday, Keane said that he was hoping to stay in the top flight for the coming season and rejected the prospect of dropping down to the Championship. However, that hasn't stopped Sven Goran Eriksson trying to bring the striker to cash-rich Leicester City. Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is keen for his skipper to play regular football and has said he would have no problem if he went to America in search of that. Spurs are keen to get the £70,000 a week striker off the wage bill.

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