Robbie Keane Edging Closer To Move To Newcastle

News this morning that Robbie Keane is set to join Newcastle on a season-long loan deal.

Robbie Keane – loan deal to Newcastle?

The Spurs striker is said by the News Of The World to be in advanced talks to complete the season long loan move to Tyneside, before Tuesday’s 5:00 pm deadline.

Robbie Keane seems determined to play first team football this coming season, and is very well aware his opportunities at Spurs will be limited at best, and Chris Hughton believes that a partnership with 6’5″ Andy Carroll up front  could be lethal for the Magpies this season.

The Ireland captain was in excellent form in the pre-season games for Spurs, but nevertheless seems still way down the pecking order at Tottenham.

Robbie is said to prefer a permanent move to a Premier League club, but will be only too pleased to go on loan to the Newcastle club, who of course draw huge crowds at the famous St James’ Park Stadium.

Newcastle are said to be close to agreeing a loan deal for Keane, and that a potential permanent move could be made next summer for around £6M.

So if we are to believe the news this morning, Newcastle would appear to be in the lead to bring Robbie Keane to Tyneside, and that would top off a great summer transfer season for the Toon.

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • lewisnufc

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #1

    I will be delighted to have keane join, after the good news of HBA yesterday i thought that would be us done and i was more than contempt. But this would just be the icing on the cake. Well done chris hughton, colin calderwood and dear i say it MA and DL.

  • okkurtgarvilt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #2

    if we get Keane in, then this transfer window will be one of the best in recent years and I’m looking forward to seeing ben arfa, tiote and keane in the black and white strip 😉

  • stopper

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Thats good news Ed – although he’s getting on bit he will add much ppl experience to the team that now looks to be good enough for a greater finish than 17th. All credit to HOOTS as the more i see of him the more i’m impressed and what credit to the cause is Barton for taking for the team those 7 or 8 outrageouse tackles and not reacting -well done….i’m happier with our team now than ther great unwashed are with theirs thats for sure

  • lewisnufc

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #4


  • okkurtgarvilt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #5

    yeah Barton took a helluva beating today, very pleased that he stayed calm

  • Sailor

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #6

    If Robbie Keane signs that puts an end to the successful 4-5-1 formation and an end to Peter Lovenkrands, I’m not sure this is a real priority, regardless of Keane being a quality player.

  • sixo

    Aug 29, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #7

    I would love Keane to come especially after getting HBA, a bit of experience and depth to the squad. I have just watched a video of HBA goals and if he can repeat some of the footwork then the mags will love him.
    Keane seems to be that heart on his sleeve guy hardworking infront of goal, trying upset defenders and would work well with big AC.I think alot of prem defenders would be a little unnerved lining up against these two.
    Go for it.

  • burnsie

    Aug 29, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #8

    i hope we can get him!!!! to me he would be the final piece of the puzzle and tbh our squad with keane and HBA would be equally as good (size and quality wise) as evertons or aston villas. it would though, just see for yourselfs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 29, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #9

    Keane would be a great signing, feel sorry for lovenkrands though. You do feel where he will fit in, but if hes better than what we have got then why not get him in.

    If you told me 3 months ago we would have Gosling, Campbell, Perch, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Keane in and nooone unexpected leaving, then my god I would have been estatic. We could stop now and Id still be estatic with our dealings. All that listed above for about 5-6 million . Chris Hughton really is a master of the transfer market.

    PS.Carroll grows an inch every time i read his height….but i could believe he was 6’5 today, he won everything in the air.

  • baro

    Aug 29, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #10

    I think he would be an excellent player on loan. Him and Carroll up top would be ideal for me. With Jonas and Ben Arfa on the wings, 🙂

  • tripp

    Aug 29, 2010 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Would love to have Keane as it does give us depth and another “little man” option up front. We were pretty one dimensional in terms of player type up top, MacLovin being the only small guy we have. Don’t know that we’d want Keane long term, but certainly for this season. HBA gives us some up front options too, but we’re pretty thin on the wings so I don’t really see that as an option.

  • bobby_ollox

    Aug 29, 2010 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Loan players are disruptive to the long term development of the squad ( unless it is on a try and buy deal like HBA) – he is a great player, but we need someone to be part of a great team for 2 or 3 seasons .
    besides surely ‘arry needs him more than ever after yesterdays 1 0 thrashing by mighty wigan

  • Toonmania

    Aug 29, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Keane is reknown to be a trouble maker, that’s why rednapp doesn’t use him much, i have to admit though i do like the idea of him coming for a loan spell i just hope he doesn’t upset the apple cart

  • toonsy

    Aug 29, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #14

    News of the World? 🙄

    Enough said 🙄

  • Spuggy

    Aug 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Inspite of long term development, we are fighting for our premiership lives from the off, and we need all the premiership experience we can get, I always thought we lacked a link up man, which is what Keane is.

    If that helps us survive this season or more then great! We have a really good young academy squad for the future which is starting to bear fruit……lua lua, kadar, vuckic etc.

    But right now its about premiership consolidation and maybe a good cup run (barring carling cup of course – cheski next, whoops!, hopefully they’ll field a second string give us a chance)

  • Newutd

    Aug 29, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Welcome, new Duff.

  • Solaidback

    Aug 29, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Sunday News of the World story mmmmmm is this something peeps should really be gettin to excited about..mmmmmmm

    Yes good addition if we get him & Loverboy can always play as a wingman too, so he’s not goin to lose out, him & Routy will be challengin for places, same as Ben Arfa & Jonas.. 🙂

    Future squads:

    GK – Harper/Krul

    RB – Perch/Simpson/R.Tayls
    CB – Colo/S.Tayls/Campbell/Willo/Kadar
    LB – Enrique/Ferguson

    LW – Jonas/Arfa/Xisco
    MF – Barton/Gutherie – Nolan/Vuckic,
    DFM -Smith/Tiote,
    RW – Loverboy/Routy/Lua Lua

    FW – Carroll/Keane/Best/Ranger/Shola

    I think those will be our 25 man squad + others for this season 🙂

  • Ericles

    Aug 29, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Just heard Nigel Pearson taken to hospital with chest pains. Hope he is OK and best wishes to his family.

  • Matt

    Aug 29, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #19

    This is such a terrible idea. Essentially it’s like buying a slightly younger Lovenkrands who’s a lot slower.

    Why do we want an ageing striker who’s way past his best? He’s not been the same since he rotted on the bench at Liverpool.

    He also doesn’t fit the system we run in any way. I want to see more of Lovenkrands.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #20

    I dont want Keane and I hope he doesnt sign.

    Cant see the point.

    Yes, I know he’s quality but we have plenty of quality in Jonas, Barton, Nolan and now HBA.
    In fact, on his day, Routledge can also be quality.

    Up top we have Carroll on fire, Loven is decent, and Ranger could be awesome, given the chance.
    Xisco could actually be pretty good too, who knows?
    Best isn’t great, yet…could be though.
    Shola does cause teams problems when he’s in the mood. He’s 28 now, good impact sub if Carroll is struggling.

    We simply don’t need Keane when we have others who are capable, or COULD be capable, given the chane.
    Keane’s arrival will see those chances for the others taken away or significantly reduced.

  • atom

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #21

    The good thing about this move would be that there is enough cover at forward where then can loan out Ranger for regular first team football

  • Solaidback

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #22

    Edd Case – Shola = Impact Sub… roflmao 🙂


    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #23

    I’ll be happy if Keane signs with NUFC.He’s a goal scorer and will be very much usefull from the bench in a match like yesterday.I don’t think his best is past.At the age of 30 he can play 4 more seasons if he stays fit.

  • toonster88

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #24

    support edd case@20….and burnsie shud admit the facts.but as i said before keane wud can be a good shola replacement.come in @ the 80th min and sweat a bit for 75k a week.

  • Edd Case

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Solaidback // Aug 29, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Edd Case – Shola = Impact Sub… roflmao

    You laugh but the first thing Shola did yesterday when he came on was nearly score.

    Why so harsh on him?

    When Shola really is in the mood and puts himself about, he’s a big, physically strong player and THAT can make the right impact in matches.
    Don’t be such a dick.

  • toonster88

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #26

    burnsie @8…”our squad with keane and HBA would be equally as good (size and quality wise) as evertons or aston villas”
    ……u wanker….we r far better than them.the reason ofour relagation was not bcoz we had a bad was bcoz of bad management.its mackems like u that need to sod off….and go play cricket..

  • Magpie_May

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #27

    match highlight for 13 min

    after watch highlight cos I couldn’t catch proper live stream I feel really sorry for Barton and I’m sure he will be targeted many more time after this. what annoyed me was the ref should protect him more than that after he got hard tackled about 7 times and I don’t moan about physical football as I can understand it. but it’s a little nasty tactic from Wolves to try to break Barton tempo but good for him that he can kept his cool and about Nolan had a go with the ref he’s captain what should you expect him to do , just watched his teammate being targeted by Wolves player !?

    and another thing that Nolan really kissed Carroll !? LoL

    time to forget this match and get ready for next game.


  • Edd Case

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Besides, IF Keane signs, can you see him willingly sitting on the bench?

    No chance, so as I’ve already said, all his transfer to Newcastle will do is push others down the list – how can that be good for our lot?
    Especially as Keane will come on loan you’d think.

    It doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #29

    sailor@6: ‘that puts an end to the successful 4-5-1 formation’

    Whether it does or not we’ll have to see, but I 100% agree that the 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1 or 4-1-4-1 should never morph into a lazy 4-4-2 out of convenience – as Hoots himself (and others) said, 4-4-2 leaves teams way too exposed in the Prem.

    For me the priority this transfer window was an injection of pace and creativity in midfield that could open up opposition and (crucially) not get done on the break. We looked donkey-like at times last season, and still look wobbly down the right flank. Whether Arfa & Tiote can put this right, we’ll have to see.

    If Big Andy takes a knock (and he will), I’d be happier with Keane as replacement than Shola. In fact I can see Keane and Lovens working together with one much deeper in a a 4-4-1-1, so it has possibilities. Best should be given a chance as well. At least we don’t look utterly predictable as in 2008/9.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Say if we signed keane, I believe we have about the 9th best squad in the league, and the best team since the sir bobby days. Our midfield is mouthwatering, Barton should play every game. Then with arfa and tiote to come in. I’m
    Really excited about the little French magician, but even more so about the bustling bruiser tiote, we have needed a bruiser for a while. A successful team always have one, even arsenal look alot better now they have got song playing well, tiote is very quick and is also a good passer of the ball. And Carroll ATM is just unplayable, best target man the prem has seen in a long time, add to that he scores every type of goal, then also add keane to the presence of big andy up top then you have one of the top 7 best partnerships in the prem. Then I ammquite happy at the back, Jose 3rd best lb in the country, willo looking like England foil potentiAlly, then the world class colo, a kaiser type defender, oozes class. Then we have Perchy, Simpson and the two taylors to fight out the rb position, add sol into the we have a top 10 defence also. I’m very excited now for the rest of the season, picking our points up at home, a few wins away to go with a few draws, I recon a 9th-10th place Finnish is v.possible, butttttttt I’d be delighted with 17th place Finnish.

  • magpie999

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #31


    That squad you listed is all well and good but I would imagine Gosling may have something to say about him not being in it.

  • skiptoon

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Solaidback (17) – The squad’s looking good isn’t it? We’re gonna need that strength in depth. I’m glad we’re looking at Keane – he’ll offer another good option. And how important will he be if Carroll loses hit court case.
    If you look at everyone on our books, there’s even more talent there. E.g. Forster (we’re spoilt for GK), Tavernier,..
    And Ben Arfa can play bith sides of a 3 man attack or off a big front man. So we’ve got plenty of combinations up front now depending on form and availability.
    Hopefully chelsea will let us do a similar loan to buy deal for their LB Patrick van Aanholt and we’ll be sorted for this year, with some real quality to build on next year.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Also forgot to say about young gos, 3 words, future England star

  • magpie999

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Perch Colicini Williamson Enrique
    Routledge Tiote Barton Arfa
    Caroll Keane

    That would be my starting 11 (if we signed Keane).
    Bench: Smith, Guitierez, Nolan, Campbell, Ranger, R.Taylor, Harper
    I would try my upmost to get rid of Ameobi, Best and Xisco, Steven Taylor before the transfer window closes.

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Guys guys! Calm down! You know this is football you don’t have 11 players for 11 places. You NEED to have OPTIONS. If we get Keane, doesn’t mean that we have to let Love, Shola etc. leave. We need more than 15 players capable of playing the game.

    Sorry IMO Ranger, Best, Vukic Tavernier aren’t capable of getting on the team yet.
    The arrival of Keane is giving the coach more options, you can’t play 40 games with the same lineup. 4-5-1 is working right now but won’t take long before teams learn how to play against us effectively. Remember that AC played INJURED today. What if he wasn’t available?

  • Captain Beefheart

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #36

    Key word = options!

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #37

    Why everyone’s lineup drops our captain and current 2nd best player (Nolan) for someone who hasn’t even know the name of his teammates? (Tiote/Arfa)? This isn’t Football Manager.

    By the way, why are we 100% sure of a win against Blackpool? They are not that bad. Again people need to calm down…

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Keane doesnt play as an out and out striker he would play jus off carroll for the knock downs jus as nolan does only keane it quicker he will get us tht extra 15/20 goals wer desperate for and his experience will be vital in the later stages of league similar to sol campbell. i think out midfield and attack will be:

  • Dino Cavalcante

    Aug 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #39

    hasn’t* = doesn’t

  • GeordieToon89

    Aug 29, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #40

    blackpool will be a tough game but we should wrap it up being at home, they fell apart soon as they seen stadium last year


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