Spurs and Galaxy reach agreement on Robbie Keane transfer fee - no confirmation of deal
Irish captain’s move likely to be announced on Monday evening
Spurs and the LA Galaxy have agreed a $5million fee for the Ireland captain Robbie Keane – but the deal has yet to be confirmed.
The Irish striker has instructed his agents to wrap up the details of a two year deal with the Galaxy worth $9million which will see him team up with former England midfielder David Beckham.
The MLS deadline expired at close of business in Los Angeles on Sunday night but no public announcement on the transfer had been made by either club.
Keane and his wife Claudine are keen on a fresh start in America with the player insistent that he be allowed play in Europe during the close season for the sake of his international career.
The 31-year-old has accepted he has no future in the English Premier League after falling out of favor with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.
The imminent transfer is also dependent on the Galaxy finding a new home for Colombian striker Juan Pablo Angel, of their three designated players along with Beckham and US star Landon Donovan.
The Philadelphia Union are reportedly interested in signing Angel which would release a place for Keane on the West Coast side’s roster.
The Galaxy are yet to make any official announcement on whether the transfer has gone through but their president Tom Payne said any signings would not be formally announced until Monday evening Irish time.
Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has already conceded defeat in his attempt to sign Keane for his Championship side.
“I saw in the papers that Robbie Keane is going to play with David Beckham. If that is right, it is difficult to compete,” said Eriksson.
“We can compete with Championship clubs but, when a player decides to go to the Premier League or if it is right Keane is going to LA, it is difficult.
“If you are a player and you have the chance to play in the Premier League, you understand that is what they want to do.
“Shane Long is an example because he had the chance to go to a good Premier League club. It is not about money.”
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