Aston Villa complete signing

Aston Villa have announced that they have finalised the loan signing of Robbie Keane.

The veteran Republic of Ireland striker is available due to the break in the MLS season, and will move to the Birmingham-based outfit from LA Galaxy until February 25th.

Keane could be in line to face current team-mate Landon Donovan in his debut as Alex McLeish’s men take on Everton on Saturday, and the Irish forward is looking forward to getting started.

“I’m delighted to be back in the Premier League. This is only short term, of course, but there has been a lot of speculation over the years linking my name to Villa and, finally, I’m here,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’m excited about it and I know I’ll really enjoy my time here. It’s only for two months but I will do my absolute best in these two months.

“Villa is a great club, a club with a massive tradition and standing in the game and Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums I’ve ever played in.

“If selected to play on Saturday, I will genuinely be looking forward to it and I’ll be excited to be involved again in Premier League action.

“I’ve been training with the players here for the past few days and it’s been great but I’m not naive enough to think I’ll just walk straight into the team.

“If I can help and contribute to the overall effort of the team then hopefully I will be of benefit to Aston Villa. That’s my aim,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight