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McLeish and Keane both keen on Aston Villa loan

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By James McLean

Thursday 05 January 2012

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has confirmed that talks to sign LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane are progressing, stating that both parties were keen to complete the deal, according to BBC Sport.

The Telegraph reports that the two-month loan move would cost the Villains £500,000, and could see Keane appearing in claret and blue in time to face Galaxy team-mate Landon Donovan, who recently returned for a second loan spell at Everton, a week on Saturday. The Irishman is eager to maintain his fitness ahead of the new MLS season and remain sharp for Euro 2012. Of the deal, McLeish said: “The chances are a bit better than 50-50. We are certainly pursuing it and at the moment, both parties are keen. If we don't know by Monday, then it probably will not be done. That's why I don't want to say too much in case it doesn't happen."

Keane almost joined Aston Villa 12 years ago, but then-boss John Gregory refused to match Wolves’ asking price for their young star, with the then-19-year-old ultimately taking the first step in a somewhat nomadic career by joining Villa’s midland rivals Coventry. McLeish tried to sign the 31-year-old last year while still in charge at bitter rivals Birmingham, but the pair could not agree personal terms with Keane ultimately joining West Ham instead. He is currently maintaining his fitness by training with two time former club Spurs.

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