There’s no way Newcastle should be paying out transfer money to bring Robbie Keane to Tyneside next month.
Robbie Keane – while on loan at Celtic
The only way to bring Robbie to Newcastle would be an initial loan deal, and then we could also see what he was like, and whether he indeed would be worth around £3M to make the deal permanent in the summer.
But it seems that both Spurs and maybe Robbie himself want a permanent deal, and of course Keane has no part to play at Spurs now, and although that was also true last season, the Irishman wanted to give it another go this season, when he turned down a Newcastle loan move in late August.
In retrospect that was a mistake by Robbie, but hey, that’s life.
Robbie is also on big wages in London, and if he does make a permanent deal in January, he will most likely need to take a pay cut with West Ham, Birmingham and Wolves all said to be interested in taking the player.
Alan Pardew knows that Newcastle are already relying too much on young Andy Carroll’s goal prowess, and an up front striker is needed to help share the load and get some goals for Newcastle.
Robbie Keane would be good for Newcastle, and a loan deal through the end of the season, with a chance to make the deal permanent in the summer would be perfect, but as we said that’s not what Spurs want apparently.
No word from Newcastle as to whether they are still interested in bringing Keane to Tyneside, but if he was signed he would be a popular buy, and a popular player too.
Newcastle had a chance to sign Robbie about five years ago, when Graeme Souness was at the club, but Graeme in his wisdom, decided against it.
Robbie plays with emotion and always gives 100%, and he would be inspired by the fanatical Geordie fans – there’s no doubt about that.
From the poll we put up yesterday 74% want Keane on loan at Newcastle, and only 19% think that would not be good, with the rest undecided.
The poll is still open on the home page if you haven’t yet voted.
And since the window opens tomorrow, what are the chances that Newcastle will announce the permanent signing of Hatem Ben Arfa.
Just a thought – but a good one. 😀