Having departed Major League Soccer earlier this month, Robbie Keane is in search of a new home and is being heavily linked with a move to the A-League in Australia.
The Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer had been touted for a move to Brisbane Roar but now it’s Western Sydney Wanderers that look the more likely destination.
The 2014 Asian Champions sit in seventh position after seven rounds of the season with eight goals to their name and they could do with a striker that knows where the net is.
Wanderers boss Tony Popovic this week spoke about his admiration for Keane, though also stated that no move had been made at that point.
He’s certainly a player it’s hard not to have a look at. I’m sure there are several that are being mentioned and there are more than several that have been put on our desk, but obviously Robbie is the one everyone is talking about at the moment.
He’s had a fantastic career, he’s a great player and still scoring goals, so he’s certainly a player we’d have a look at.
– Tony Popovic
At 36, Keane isn’t ready to hang up the boots just yet and there had been some suggestions that a move back home to the League of Ireland and Shamrock Rovers was on the cards.
However, Keane’s wife Claudine played down those rumours on Twitter.
Wanderers already have the maximum five overseas visa players in their squad so would have to lose one of them in order to free up a spot for Keane.
With Football Federation Australia (FFA) currently negotiating the A-League’s next major television deal, Keane would be a timely pick up to bring some extra fans into stadia across the country.
Keane was a huge success at his previous club, LA Galaxy, scoring 104 goals in 165 games and claiming three championships in five seasons.
He was also named the competition’s Most Valuable Player in 2014.