Exclusive: Robbie Keane to Join LA Galaxy
By: Sean O'Shea | Published Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 2:43 PM | Updated Friday, September 9, 2011, 10:27 PM
Irish striker Robbie Keane is heading to the bright lights of Los Angeles in a sensational $8 million move to the city's Galaxy soccer club, where he will team with David Beckham and American star Landon Donovan.
The move was revealed today as Keane, 31, found no takers for his services in the English Premiership. He failed to reach agreement with his last club, Tottenham, whose boss Harry Redknapp proved not to be a Keane fan. Keane has played with Tottenham since January of 2009, but has been lent out to Glasgow Celtic and West Ham United during that time.
Keane, 31, played in a scoreless draw against Croatia in Dublin on Wednesday evening for the Irish national side. He is expected to travel to Los Angeles to undergo a physical and complete the two-year deal that will see him join Beckham, who signed with the Galaxy in January 2007 in a package worth a reported $250 million.
Keane is the all-time leading goal scorer for the Irish national side, with 58 scores in 108 appearances. His devotion to playing for his country is well-known.
Keane, father of a toddler son, is married to Dublin model Claudine Palmer, who has said in the past that she would welcome a move to the U.S. "Would I like to see him play for a team like LA Galaxy? Yes, I would love that, but it changes all the time," she said 18 months ago when word first surfaced that an American move could be in Keane's future.