Keane thrilled with LA switch

ROBBIE KEANE yesterday described his move to the LA Galaxy as a “dream come true” after he finalised a €4 million transfer from Tottenham Hotspur.

The surprise move to the Major League Soccer Western Conference pace setters had been held up by, among other issues, Juan Pablo Angel’s exit from the club in order to open up space for the Ireland captain who will now be one of LA’s three designated players alongside Landon Donovan and David Beckham.

Keane is also waiting on a P-1 visa in order to secure international clearance to play in the US.

This will be the ninth club of Keane’s 14-year professional career.

“I am delighted, honoured and very excited to be joining the LA Galaxy,” Keane said. “I have always wanted to come and play in the MLS so it’s the perfect combination for me and a dream come true. My family and I have already been made to feel very welcome in telephone calls from Tim Leiweke and Bruce Arena.

“Also when David Beckham came and trained at Spurs recently he couldn’t speak highly enough about the Galaxy, their fans and the league in general, so I can’t wait to get over and get started.”

Galaxy General Manager and Head Coach Bruce Arena added: “Robbie Keane will be a great addition to our club. I have followed his career and have always respected his ability as a competitor and a goalscorer. I believe that he brings qualities in and around the penalty area that we have been lacking.”

Keane’s visa will not be processed in time for tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League clash against CD Motagua but it is thought that he could potentially line out against the San Jose Earthquakes at his new team’s ground, the Home Depot Center on Saturday evening.

“I have already discussed football with Bruce Arena and I know exactly what he wants from me,” Keane added. “I am fit, fresh and ready to go. I’ve come here to score goals and help this team achieve their goals. This is a massive opportunity for me in my career. I aim to grab it with both hands and hopefully help give the Galaxy fans what they want.”

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady has been targeted by Zenit St Petersburg, who are willing to spend a whopping €30 million to take him from Russian rivals Spartak Moscow.

McGeady recently expressed his discontent at his current club, having joined from Celtic just one year ago.

Aston Villa have also reportedly put in a bid of €20 million for McGeady which would fall well short of the Russian club’s valuation of the player.

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