Should Leeds consider ambitious move to re-sign Robbie Keane? Whites fans debate potential swoop

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Keane has confirmed that he will leave LA Galaxy, so should Leeds now look to bring him back to Elland Road?

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With Robbie Keane confirming on LA Galaxy's official website that he will leave the MLS side at the end of the year while also stating that he plans to continue playing elsewhere, perhaps Leeds United boss Garry Monk may want to consider if there is any chance of bringing the 36-year-old back to Elland Road on a short-term deal.

The Whites' recent interest in West Ham's Ashley Fletcher (via The Sun) certainly suggests that they are interested in bolstering their attacking ranks during the January transfer window. But with The Sun adding that the Hammers were not willing to do any deal, it appears that Monk will have to look elsewhere.

But perhaps one ambitious target - who knows what playing for Leeds is all about - has just become available.

Keane initially joined the Whites on loan from Inter Milan in 2001, and was simply sensational during his temporary stay, scoring nine times in 18 games.

However, his form after his move was made permanent was much less impressive, as he scored just four goals in 28 top flight appearances before departing for Tottenham in 2002.

Following his exit from Leeds 14 years ago, Keane has been fairly prolific for almost every club he has played for. Despite entering the twilight of his career, he still boasted a hugely impressive strike-rate in MLS with the Galaxy that proved that if he is given the chances, he still knows how to find the back of the net.

Robbie Keane joins Leeds

That experience could arguably be vital for Monk's men as they look to capitalise on their promising start to the season. Leeds are currently sixth in the table, but still face a huge task if they hope to hold on to a spot inside the play-off places in the Championship.

Keane's knowledge may not only see the former Republic of Ireland international contribute some goals, but his presence may also help the likes of Chris Wood, Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson, as well as some of the academy starlets, go on and reach their potential.

The biggest stumbling blocks to any move will surely be whether Keane wants to come back to Leeds and his wages. 

Robbie Keane's last Leeds goal against Manchester CityRobbie Keane's last Leeds goal against Manchester City

Despite his age, his reputation surely means that many clubs will be putting offers on the table, and if that proves to be the case, it would be difficult for Leeds to convince him to come to the second tier in England, especially as they are incredibly unlikely to be able to offer him anything like the £2.82m he was earning per year in MLS (via MLS Players Union). 

But perhaps if Monk was interested in pursuing a deal, he could persuade Keane that a chance to help restore one of his old clubs back to their former glory is one that is worth taking a significant pay cut for.

Unsurprisingly, the news of Keane's imminent departure from LA Galaxy (via side's official website) has prompted plenty of debate amongst Leeds fans. 

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