The Northern Echo is reporting that Tottenham Hotspur striker Robbie Keane is hesitating on making a loan move to Newcastle United.
Robbie Keane – not sure of Newcastle loan move
It is being reported that Robbie would prefer to remain in North London and fight for his place in the Spurs side, rather than going out on loan to Newcastle United.
Initial talks have already taken place between officials at St James’ Park and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, with Newcastle proposing a one-year loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer next summer for around £6M.
The 30-year-old has already gone out on loan to Celtic during the second half of last season, and it appears he doesn’t want to go out on loan again.
It seems that if Robbie leaves Spurs he would want it to be a permanent move, and this may even be a ploy to try to get Newcastle to make the deal permanent, but the Tyneside club will hardly want to pay out £75K/week wages to Robbie.
While there is no official wage ceiling at Newcastle, that’s still a lot of money to pay out to one player.
This may now put Aston Villa in the driver’s seat, as Spurs want their young winger Ashley Young, and Robbie could go to Aston Villa in a part exchange deal, with former manager Martin O’Neill a known admirer of Keane.
But Robbie needs to also look at his situation at Spurs, and Harry Harry Redknapp is trying desperately to sign another striker, with moves being made for both Luis Fabiano and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
There is now about 32 hours to go before the transfer window closes, and if Harry Redknapp is successful in bringing in another striker, Robbie can certainly stay in North London, but would be unlikely to play many games for the London club – that seems to be the stark reality.
So we wait and wonder on this one, but if Robbie doesn’t want to play for Newcastle on loan – so be it.