As we reported last night and the Sunday Sun is reporting today, Newcastle are ready to pull off a major coup before Tuesday’s transfer deadline with a loan swoop for Robbie Keane.
Robbie Keane – coming to Newcastle on loan?
The deal for Keane is being worked on at the moment by both the Newcastle and Tottenham clubs, who have a good relationship through Mike Ashley, and the deal will be a £1M loan fee, with an option to buy the striker for £6M next summer, and with Newcastle paying some of the players’ wages this season.
Chris Hughton has used his close friendship with Keane – the Sunday Sun reports he was a guest at the Irishman’s wedding last year – to get the Tyneside club in the driver’s seat for his signature, as Newcastle battle at least 5 other clubs for Robbie’s signature.
Keane was all set to join Aston Villa earlier in the summer, until Martin O’Neill threw his toys out of the pram, and walked out on the midlands club at the very worst possible time, when it turned out that owner Randy Lerner was wary of funding the transfer.
Newcastle are willing to put the money up for the striker, and are closing in on an agreement that would see them cover a proportion of Keane’s substantial wages, thought to be as much as £75K/week.
If the Spurs striker indeed signs it would appear Newcastle’s ambitions are more than we had thought, and completes an impressive summer in the transfer market for the Newcastle United club.
Hughton thinks it could turn Newcastle into a real attacking force as he said today:
“They are offensive players – they would gives us plenty of options,” “It isn’t just today, it’s about going through the whole season and adapting to different circumstances.”
“I’m delighted with signing Hatem.” “He is someone who will excite the fans, who of course have always identified with skilful, attacking players.”
Newcastle looked a good side yesterday at Wolves, and these reinforcements will make then into an even better squad, that should be able to maintain their good form throughout the season – we hope so in any case.