Robbie Keane moves closer to Villa loan deal

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has said that the midlands based club are not “not far away” from signing Irish striker Robbie Keane on a loan deal.

The Scot believes that he will have a “highly motivated” Keane at his disposal if the striker’s short term move from the Los Angeles Galaxy is completed.

McLeish reckons that Villa will benefit as Keane will want to be in top shape before the Major Soccer League resumes in March,followed by the summer’s Euro 2012 finals.

McLeish, who came close to signing Keane from Tottenham 12 months ago when at Birmingham, said: “It (the deal) is not far away but I don’t like to commit myself until it actually is done.

“The club have sanctioned the deal. They didn’t think it was too bad an idea or too big a risk.

“I missed out on Robbie last year although it was probably fortunate because he got injured just after that.

“But Robbie has got good experience, he is good in the dressing room and he is highly motivated.

“He has got a certain competition to play at the end of the season with his country (Euro 2012) so he wants to maintain his level.

“He wants to come here and we would be trying to get things cleared for next week.”

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