Yesterday, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton said something that we thought was rather interesting – he said there were players available this summer that the club didn’t expect to be available.
Robbie Keane – could Newcastle get him on loan?
Now one of those players available is Robbie Keane, who will hardly want to stay at Tottenham next season, and we wonder if there’s any chance that Newcastle could get the striker on loan for the season.
It may be difficult for Spurs to sell him this summer, with transfer money being so tight, unless of course Manchester City want to pay way over the odds for him – and take him to Eastlands.
Robbie of course signed for Liverpool in July, 2008 for £19M, but when Rafael Benítez hardly played him, Harry Redknapp bought him back in early February, 2009 for £12M, and we expect that Harry will want that money back if he is transferred him this summer.
When Robbie returned to Spurs he couldn’t get enough games in the Tottenham first team, as he was behind both Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe, and he was loaned out to Celtic last January.
Robbie played 19 times for Celtic this year with 16 goals, and it may be he wants to return there on loan next season – if he is offered that move – and he will after all get European Champions League Football there too, as he will if he stays put at Spurs.
We’re not sure whether Chris would be interested in trying to get Robbie for just one season on loan.
In fact the loan fee may be high too, and we don’t know if Newcastle would be willing to pay that to get Robbie on Tyneside foe a season.
It’s true that Robbie is older than players Chris Hughton has talked about bringing into the club, even on loan, and he turns 30 in early July.
But he would be a one season loan deal only, and he could do a job for Newcastle next season, there’s no doubt about that. And Chris Hughton has often said he wants a proven Premiership goal-scorer for next season.
Is this just a daft idea – what do you think?
For the record Robbie has played 525 first class games with 206 total goals, and in addition the Ireland captain has played 99 times for his country with 43 international goals.
No a bad record at all.