Aston Villa expected to seal loan deal

Aston Villa are widely expected to announce the loan signing of Robbie Keane from LA Galaxy on Wednesday.

The veteran striker is available to join the Midlands club as the MLS takes a two-month break, and has been training with Alex McLeish’s men lately.

The Guardian stipulate that the Republic of Ireland forward’s move will be concluded on Wednesday, with Keane available for selection for this weekend’s game against Everton.

Villa goalkeeper and countryman Shay Given has praised Keane, and feels that his signing will give the club a boost.

“It’s great for Villa to secure a player of Robbie’s calibre, even in the short-term,” Given told reporters.

“I didn’t know how fit he was before the last couple of days in training but he looks really sharp, to be honest. We’re all delighted that he’s here and I think he’s just given the whole dressing room a lift.

“He’s a big personality and he’s a big-game player. I think even in training the lads have been very impressed with what they’ve seen. I think it’s a great boost to have him on board.

“Some of the young lads here can learn from a guy like Robbie Keane, it’s fantastic for them. I think the younger players will look up to him and learn from him. Not only that, he’s only 31, so he’s quite young really.

“I think he will cause Premier League defences plenty of problems when’s given a chance to play. If you give him a chance [in front of goal], then nine times out of 10 he’ll take it,” the goalkeeper stated.

Given also confirmed that he is now fit and available for selection, after a six week absence through a hamstring injury.

By Gareth McKnight