A whole host of national daily newspapers have suggested that QPR are leading the pack of Premier League clubs that could sign Robbie Keane on loan this January. Keane is currently out of season as the MLS campaign is over and a move back to the Premier League on a temporary deal would be possible.
Although QPR have a high number of attacking players available, Redknapp has suggested that the experience Keane has would make him a valuable player at the club. However, they face stiff competition from other sides including Aston Villa who signed Keane on loan last season.
“Robbie Keane is a good shout. I haven’t spoken to him yet but he would be an interesting player. He’s a good pro and he’d be an ideal type to have around - It’s the busiest period of the year and we’ve got to be focused on doing our jobs,” said Redknapp as reported in the Daily Telegraph.
If Keane is listening to offers then QPR fans should be confident because Redknapp is arguably the best in the business when it comes to chatting up players and convincing them to come and play for him. It is something he has done throughout his career and will continue to do.
Keane would compliment someone like Djibril Cisse nicely because the French striker would be allowed to give in to his natural urges as a front man if Keane is in the side. Cisse is a player who likes to play on the shoulder of the defence while Keane can drop off to pick up the ball and provide an extra body in the middle.
Redknapp has stated that he is only looking to bring in players that can make a real difference both on and off the field. This is another area where Keane would be useful. He has experience at many different Premier League sides and will have valuable advice and thoughts for the younger players in the QPR side.
He’s proven that he can be effective in short, sharp loan spells from his current club LA Galaxy. He scored three goals in five Premier League matches for Aston Villa last season and scored two goals in five matches for West Ham United while on loan during the 2010/2011 season.
They would be bringing him in for a month to bang in as many goals as possible and to take the pressure away from some of the other strikers. He’s done it before and he’s still young enough at 32-years-old to do it effectively again.
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